August 15, the SPDC increased fuel prices by up to 500% overnight,
affecting the cost of essential commodities and transport. Burmese
people from all walks of life participated in nationwide protests,
showing their anger and courage in the face of the intolerable burden
of the SPDC’s long-term economic mismanagement.
The SPDC reacted by
attacking and arresting over 150 peaceful demonstrators and key
activists. The SPDC’s inflexibility is likely to prolong the
economic crisis, worsening domestic instability and having negative
implications in neighboring countries.
The international community condemned
the arrests of activists and protesters calling for their immediate
release, and for the junta to engage in genuine dialogue. But more
pressure is needed to resolve the root causes of Burma’s protracted
political and economic crisis.
We call on India, China and ASEAN
to revive and step up their advocacy to ensure that the crisis is
eased through dialogue, and to push further for a sustainable solution
that involves all key stakeholders in Burma. We call on the UN Security
Council to pass a resolution calling upon the SPDC to actively cooperate
with the UN in delivering on promises for genuine political and