SPDC preparations to ensure full control over the 2010 election
is fueling instability, with consequences that will exacerbate cross-border
economic and security issues already adversely affecting the region.
The expected outcome of Daw Aung
San Suu Kyi’s trial, coupled with lengthy jail terms imposed
on about 300 activists in the past year has destroyed hopes that
the 2010 elections would lead to incremental steps toward democratization
and urgently-needed reforms. Add to this growing tension between
the junta and ethnic groups and intensified economic hardships brought
on by the global economic crisis and the risks of further unrest
and misery and are greatly increased. It is imperative that regional
and global actors apply political pressure to ensure that the regime
engages in a durable solution that will avoid such destruction.