The briefer examines
the December 2005 – January 2006 convening of the ongoing
SPDC National Convention (NC). The constitution drafting process
continues to be illegitimate, unrepresentative, and an exercise
Despite the junta’s repeated
claims that the National Convention is nearing an end, the SPDC
tells foreign diplomats that the latest session of the NC will not
complete new constitution. The slow pace of democratic reform draws
criticism from the international community.
While the USDA was active in organizing
“forced” rallies in support of the NC process, the NMSP
and KNPP pull their delegates from the NC as tensions mount between
SPDC and other ceasefire groups. Convention delegates who attend
the NC proceedings meet in a climate of fear and intimidation.