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Popular participation rights: reports of violations in Burma

Websites/Multiple Documents

Title: Human Rights Watch on Burma
Description/subject: A number of Burma reports and press releases. Unfortunately, some of the most important reports from the early '90s are missing (not even mentioned as available in hard copy)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: US State Dept. Information on Burma
Language: English
Source/publisher: US Dept. of State
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 18 November 2010

Individual Documents

Title: No Real Choice: An Assessment of Burma's 2008 Referendum
Date of publication: 08 May 2009
Description/subject: Executive Summary: "In May 2008, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) held a referendum in which citizens of Burma were asked to vote on a new national constitution for the country. This report provides an overview of that process and offers a detailed assessment of the conduct of the referendum within Kachin State, and northern Shan State. Based on that assessment, this report concludes that the referendum was a sham – the Kachin State Referendum Commission clearly intended to ensure the approval of the draft constitution regardless of public sentiment. Officials engineered victory through the pervasive abuse of voters’ basic rights and engaged in widespread fraud. In short, the May 2008 referendum is not a legitimate measure of citizens’ consent to be governed, but rather a reflection of the government’s determination to impose its rule regardless of public sentiment. As the fourth “step” in the “Road Map to Democracy”, the conduct of the referendum is illustrative of “Disciplined Democracy” and bodes poorly for the promised elections in 2010. The Institute for Political Analysis and Documentation (IPAD) has produced this report in order to raise the public’s awareness about the illegitimate character of the referendum. IPAD is an independent policy research and training center devoted to Burma. Founded in January 2008, IPAD promotes democracy, human rights and accountable governance through a range of initiatives including political analysis, human rights documentation, and grassroots roots training initiatives."...N.B. A Google search found no website or publications other than "No Real Choice" by IPAD, which in the press release states that: "IPAD promotes democracy, and accountable governance in Burma through a range of initiatives including political analysis, human rights assessments, and grassroots roots training initiatives."
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Institute for Political Analysis and Documentation (IPAD)
Format/size: pdf (1.3MB - English; 804K - Burmese; 122K - press release)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs07/No_Real_Choice(bu).pdf
Date of entry/update: 08 May 2009

Title: Burma – schon vergessen? Diktatorische Volksabstimmung
Date of publication: 29 April 2008
Description/subject: Am 10. Mai wird Burmas Bevölkerung an die Urne gerufen, um über die neue Verfassung abzustimmen. Dabei legt die burmesische Militärjunta ein kleines Lehrstück vor, wie Demokratie bei einer Volksabstimmung zur Farce wird. Politische Gefangene; referendum 2008; political prisoners
Author/creator: Christine Pluess, Arbeitskreis Tourismus & Entwicklung
Language: German, Deutsch
Source/publisher: Fairunterwegs
Alternate URLs: http://www.fairunterwegs.org/aktuell/news/article/burma-schon-vergessen-diktatorische-volksabstimmu...
Date of entry/update: 03 May 2008

Title: In Balmy Burma, The Plot Sickens
Date of publication: June 2003
Description/subject: By The Irrawaddy "The regime in Rangoon has proven the naysayers right once again. The May 30 clash in Upper Burma, and the crackdown that followed, should remind the junta’s apologists and other optimists hoping for a happy ending to the country’s political drama that national reconciliation in Burma is a long, long way away. The events on Black Friday demonstrate clearly it’s time for the international community to take action against Burma. Failing to act ignores the suffering of the Burmese people and acknowledges the junta’s ultimate victory—a triumph scored by attrition rather than a knockout blow. The script is familiar. Suu Kyi is detained by the regime. Advocates for democracy in Burma call for her release. The generals hold firm, defying international condemnation, then give in a little. Suu Kyi is finally freed and the world applauds. International opinion is successfully manipulated. Asean, Japan and some nations in the West express appreciation for the concession and begin speaking of the junta’s democratic will. Rangoon’s victory is rewarded with more trade and more aid. Meanwhile, the opposition remains stonewalled..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 11, No. 5
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 18 September 2003

Title: WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN POLITICS (Chapter from "Gathering Strength")
Date of publication: January 2002
Author/creator: Brenda Belak
Language: English
Source/publisher: Images Asia
Format/size: PDF (825K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003