National Convention, which is tasked with producing detailed principles
for a new constitution, remains a fundamentally flawed and inherently
illegitimate process aimed at formalizing and prolonging military
rule in Burma.
Originally devised by the military regime as a tactic to avoid
convening Parliament after it lost the 1990 elections, the National
Convention was mothballed in March 1996, and then revived in 2004
as part of the “7-point roadmap to democracy”. The
roadmap was a response to heightened regional and international
pressure following the Depayin Massacre.
Ethnic groups and the National League for Democracy have consistently
proposed steps to salvage the National Convention and transform
it into a venue for dialogue; however these recommendations have
The National Convention is part of the problem and not the solution
to Burma’s troubles. The results will intensify the root
causes of the ethnic-based conflicts perpetuated by Burma’s
successive military regimes.