8 marks the anniversary of the 1988 nationwide popular uprising
against Burma’s military regime. The 1988 uprising represents
the Burmese people’s ongoing struggle against the regime’s
protracted economic mismanagement and political oppression.
Twenty-one years later,
the military regime’s misrule has turned Burma into:
- One the world’s
Least Developed Countries;
- The world’s third most economically repressed country, and
the second most corrupt;
- The world’s third largest source of refugees and asylum
- The worst internal displacement situation in Southeast Asia, and
the fourth worst in Asia;
- The country with the highest number of child soldiers; and
- The top producer of opium and amphetamines in Southeast Asia and
the second largest opium producer in the world.
promise of democratic reform, embodied in its “seven-step
roadmap to democracy”, has translated into greater oppression
of the regime’s opponents, with the number of political prisoners
reaching a record high of 2,160.
The expected outcome
of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial could trigger a new wave of
protests across the country, as she commands great trust and respect
among the all of Burma’s people.
backlash against ethnic ceasefire groups’ refusal to surrender
control of their armies and participate in the bogus 2010 elections
has the potential to plunge Burma into renewed conflict.