For Immediate Release: 26 September
Altsean-Burma strongly condemns
the SPDC's brutal crackdown against peaceful demonstrators and
urges the UN Security Council (UNSC) to convene an emergency
meeting to examine the deteriorating political situation in
We also call on the international
community, particularly China, India, and ASEAN countries to
increase pressure on the SPDC to immediately cease its violence
against unarmed peaceful protesters and to commence political
dialogue focused on genuine reforms. We believe that the region's
muted response on Burma for the past few weeks has emboldened
the regime to be violent.
Today, on 26 September 2007,
the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) violently reacted
to the thousands of Burmese citizens and members of the Buddhist
clergy that have peacefully gathered for the ninth consecutive
day to protest the military regime's oppressive rule. Riot police
fired shots and beat monks and protesters, reportedly killing
one and injuring many others.
The harsh crackdown follows
multiple arrests of NLD members and activists, including two
elected members of parliament, over the past two days.
The SPDC's actions once again
display blatant disregard for the basic rights of the Burmese
people. In addition, the military regime has exhibited contempt
for the country's most revered spiritual authority by reacting
to the monks' prayers with violence.
The international community,
currently represented at the UN General Assembly which opened
this week in New York, should no longer tolerate the junta's
misrule. The UN Security Council as the UN's most influential
and powerful body, with the endorsement of the UNGA, must demonstrate
its political will to address this violence before it escalates
further and leads to further killings of unarmed civilians.
A violent and bloody crackdown, on the heels of severe economic
deterioration, will have serious impacts on regional security.
Millions will be forced to flee Burma as political and economic
refugees, with many becoming vulnerable to trafficking and transnational
The SPDC must immediately cease
all acts of violence against civilians. Further, it must engage
in dialogue with Burma's political forces, including the National
League for Democracy (NLD) and all ethnic groups in Burma, in
order to negotiate a political settlement to address the problems
besieging the country.
The people of Burma have not
given up their struggle for a peaceful settlement in their country
despite the SPDC's reign of terror. The international community
has a responsibility and imperative to ensure that their courage
and sacrifice is not in vain.
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