88 Generation Students' Open Letter to the SPDC

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Date: 6 April 2009

Open Letter to the SPDC Government by 88 Generation Students

Should the SPDC respect human rights and move towards changes in the interest of the country and all the people, the sanctions which have been in place in protest against the SPDC’s violations of human rights, would be removed.

1. Burma is currently facing severe political, social and economic crises. Due to the impacts of global economic recession, the people of Burma will soon certainly confront with even more severe ones.

2. To overcome such crises is a national task for all the people. Thus, the National League for Democracy (NLD) has responsively proposed to the SPDC government to tackle the national issues together through dialogue.

3. Consequently, the NLD and the Committee Representing People Parliament (CRPP), in the interest of all the people of Burma, has also called for the SPDC to take the following actions: the unconditional release of all political prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, to convene parliament, to commence political dialogue, and to review the constitution. The 88 Generation Students Group believes that these actions are urgently needed in order to overcome the crises in the country. These calls to action are reiterated by stakeholders inside and outside the country as well as the international community.

4. The SPDC has failed to realize these calls, and continues to implement repressive measures including placing restrictions on movements of and arresting activists struggling for democracy and human rights. For these reasons, the countries which respect democracy and human rights have taken political, social and economic sanctions against the SPDC military government.

5. Regarding the sanctions, when meeting Mr. Gambari, a special envoy of UN Secretary General, the SPDC Prime Minister Gen. Theing Sein asked that “the UN should first make efforts for lifting economic sanctions against Myanmar” and accused Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD of causing the sanctions. Making such accusations against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD, democracy activists and western nations will not assist in having the sanctions lifted.

6. We believe and understand that these countries have put sanctions against the SPDC in place in protest
against the severe violations of democratic and human rights the SPDC exercises.

7. No other individual and/or organization than the SPDC military government can do what is necessary to end these sanctions. The 88 Generation Students Group firmly believes that should the SPDC immediately respect the above calls made by the NLD and the CRPP, the sanctions would be removed one after another.

8. In the current situation, it is the right time for the SPDC military government to move towards changes in the interest of the country and all the people.

9. The 88 Generation Students urges the SPDC military government to respect the calls made by all forces
inside and outside as well as members of international communities. If the SPDC does not respect these calls, the responsibility for negative consequences that the country will suffer will rest solely with the SPDC.

“The responsibility for changes solely rests on the SPDC military government.”

The 88 Generation Students

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