Aung San Suu Kyi******Woman of PEACE


Aung San Suu Kyi******Woman of PEACE

Aung San Suu Kyi, nobel peace prize laurate , is the icon of peace not only in Burma but also in the world.

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Aung San Suu Kyi******Woman of PEACE

Burma's sole national leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was born in June 19, 1945 from General Aung San, Burma's founding father, and Daw Khin Kyi, a nurse. 1945 was the year of Fascist Revolution in Burma and this revolution was led by General Aung San and 1945 was also the turning point in Burma's political landscape. After the World War II, the British re-entered onto the Burmese soil as a winner in the war. The war had changed the British politics at home and colonies, like Burma, were asking for independence.

Anti-Fascist group, led by General Aung San, was very popular among the Burmese people and he became a promising leader as young as at the age of 30. Next two years, he was assassinated by a pro-British politician in the eve of the country's independent time. Since then, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi lost his owned father as the country lost a great Leader. In her childhood life, she went to India, together with her ambassador mother, and studied at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi until 1964. Then, she moved to England for studying at Oxford and earned a B.A degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1969. She married to a British scholar, Dr. Michael Aris and has two sons, Alexander and Kim.

In 1988, she came back to Burma for taking-care her ill mother, Daw Khin Kyi, and coincided with 1988 people's uprising. First time, she appeared in the public in August 26 at the Eastern entrance of Shwedagone, a greatest Pagoda in Rangoon, to address to half million people and announced people's struggle for Democracy as second attempt for independence after the British rule by referring the independent struggle which her father fought against the British rule. When this people struggle faced with another coup in September 18, 1988, she and her colleagues decided to form a political party, namely National League for Democracy (NLD), in September 27 of the same year.

As a courageous leader of a political leader under the military rule, she travelled through out the country in 1989 and campaigned against the military rule for the future of Burma. That's why; she was threatened her life in one trip to Irrawaddy delta region. However, she never gave up her dedication to the country. In July 19, 1989, at the forty second anniversary of his father's assassination day, also known as Martyr day in Burma, she faced with heavy pressure from the ruling military council not organize a public rally to her father tomb. It was the last day of her freedom in Burma after she came back in 1988 because the junta put her under house arrest in the next day as the first time during her stay in Burma. Although she was under house arrest, her party, National League for Democracy, won landslide in May election of 1990.

The junta rejected the result of this election and instead, it organized National Convention to draw the country's third constitution. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in July 1995. Right after she was released, she built up party structure again and recruited more members, especially from youth population. Through out 1998, her party and ruling council, namely State Peace and Development Council, faced in confrontational position when the party congress in May called for People's Parliament within 60 days. At the same time, she was barred from travelling outside of Rangoon. One time, she stayed for six day in the car at road-side near to Rangoon and another time for twelve day as protest against the junta's order to restrict her travelling. This confrontation was the highest level in 2000 when she tried to travel to Mandalay, the second capital of Burma, by train. She was taken from the train station and put under house arrest as second time.

It was last long for only two years and in May 6, 2002, she was released. On that day, the junta proclaimed it opened new page of the History. The public and international community expected the genuine dialogue between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the junta. After her release, she was allowed to travel to countryside and meet with party members. However, it was until May 30, 2003 and pro-junta thugs attacked Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's motorcade near Depe Yinn Township, upper Burma. Since then, she was detained in unknown location and later on, moved to her home in lakeside villa. It is the third time for her detention in house-arrest and the last one so far. However, the regime has refused to release her even though international community, including ASEAN, urged to release her.

In August and September of 2007, the public and the Buddhist monks organized peaceful rally against the regime's decision to higher up the patrol price because this decision created more economic hardship to the public. However, the Army and pro-junta groups suppressed the rally brutally and arrested several activists, including prominent student leaders. The real dead-toll of the accidents is still unknown. When the international out-cry was severed against their brutal measurement against the peaceful rally, the country's top general agreed to meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi via a liaison minister.

“If this country is to achieve genuine democracy, the result of the elections of 1990 must be recognized. It must be recognized by the military regime, as it has been recognized by the people, and by the world at large. It is through this recognition that we will be able to make genuine progress in Burma. The results of the 1990 General Elections must be implemented is a resolution already taken by the United Nations. We already know that the General Assembly of the United Nations has accepted the notion that the will of the people has been expressed in the 1990 General Elections. This is something we can not abandon. It will be to the detriment of our country if after an election has been held the results are not honoured and we do not resist attempts to trivialise it”, Aung San Suu Kyi insists.

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Comment by Myo Thein on November 14, 2009 at 2:30am
Interview with Director of Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) .

12 November 2009 [CG Note: London-based Burma Democratic Concern (BDC), founded in 2008, has been noted for its strong campaigns and lobbying activities both inside and outside Burma to restore democracy, human rights and rule of law in Burma. Recently, BDC was publicly attacked in one of the state-owned Burmese language daily newspapers. Director of Burma Democratic Concern (BDC), Myo Thein , talks about BDC, its activities and 2010 elections in Burma.]

Chinland Guardian: First of all, tell us more about Burma Democratic Concern (BDC).

Myo Thein : We established the Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) in 2008 after Saffron Revolution in Burma. Since then, we have been doing campaigning and lobbying internationally, intensively and consistently. Since Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is the global campaigning and lobbying organisation, we have the branches in United Kingdom, United States and Thailand. We are also planning to open new branches in the European countries. Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is equipped with participants who had political background and in-depth knowledge of Burma issues, experiences in the past and are engaging in current activities. The main objectives of our organization are:

• to support efforts to create a political environment in Burma
• to increase awareness about political development in Burma
• to strengthen support for Burma democracy movement in international governments

Chinland Guardian: We have learned that BDC was publicly denounced by SPDC in the official newspaper The Mirror. Tell us more about what they said.

Myo Thein : Junta’s newspaper said that we are funded by US Government intending to destabilize the peace and tranquillity of Burma. It was regarding about the verdict on Aung San Suu Kyi, relating to the case involving US citizen swimmer, John William Yettaw. Additionally, they also accused the NLD inside Burma of dancing to the tune in accordance and in tandem with us by issuing statements. They also accused me of being one of the people who are orchestrating “Global Action for Burma” which is the coalition of more than 120 organisations both from inside Burma and from abroad working together collectively to see justice realities in Burma.
My impression is that junta is scared of what we are doing--campaigning effectively to restore democracy in Burma. I do not respond to it since it is just their accusations and I just focus on what I am doing. I know that I am doing the right thing and eventually justice will prevail.

Chinland Guardian: Some people say ‘campaigning outside Burma’ is not effective any more as many other organisations in exile have not proved until today that it really brings a positive change in the country. What is your view on this?

Myo Thein : I would say we have to do what we believe is right rather than complaining about others or seeing things pessimistically. Our actions reflect how we see things as well. We must believe in what we are doing since “What we believe is what we achieve”. All of us working for Burma are trying our best for the betterment of the country. Working to bring about change in Burma is not an easy task to realise. It takes a lot of toils, energy, time and sacrifices to get there. I would say due to everyone’s collective hard works, Burma is where we are seeing today as it is.

Chinland Guardian: Recently, there have been talks about changes in the way in which Burma’s SPDC has been approached. For instance, US now have a different approach and new policy on Burma. Where do you stand?

Myo Thein : I am also aware of the recent development of US new policy and SPDC new approach. Here, we have to look at what will be the best interest for the benefit of 50 million people of Burma. We cannot work with one fixed policy. We must be flexible and we must be ready to compromise. Here, I would like to highlight the importance of “Time, Frame and Angle” when we approach something, especially in politics. We will always stand on the side of the public since we are working for the people, of the people and by the people. We have to take into account everything due to globalisation.

Chinland Guardian: The military regime is determined to hold its 2010 election and it is believed that it will just go ahead, ignoring the peoples’ voices and even the 1990 election results. After all, is it not better to join them since we cannot beat them?

Myo Thein : Here I would like to stress that “something is better than nothing” is not always right! We all know that Junta held the election in 1990 in which Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory. Junta still ignores to honour it and instead, puts Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest. During their reign of terror, people of Burma are suffering tremendously. Junta never hesitates to use brutal force to suppress anyone who opposes their illegitimate rule.

Aung San Suu Kyi officially once said: “That the results of the 1990 General Elections must be implemented is a resolution already taken by the United Nations. We already know that the General Assembly of the United Nations has accepted the notion that the will of the people has been expressed in the 1990 General Elections. This is something we cannot abandon. It will be to the detriment of our country if after an election has been held the results are not honoured and we do not resist attempts to trivialise it.”

Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), the unanimous victors of the 1990 election, clearly stated their position in “Shwe-Gone-Daing” declaration that need to place in order to have true national reconciliation in Burma, i.e. to
1. Release all the political prisoners
2. Review 2008 Constitution
3. Allow to reopen NLD and ethnic nationalities offices
4. Recognise 1990 election result
5. Take place political dialogue
The junta’s planned 2010 election is only a charade designed to legitimise the military dictatorship within Burma. The International Community should be aware of the hopelessly irreconcilable contents of the constitution that was adopted in 2008. The referendum was ushered into existence under questionable conditions including extortion and rigged ballots.

Giving the military junta 25% of the parliamentary seats, unbridled authoritarian control and a self serving amnesty for the crimes against humanity were truly not the will of the Burmese people. Legitimizing the criminal regime was also not the will of the people and this is incomprehensible and totally unacceptable to the Burmese people.

It should not be forgotten that in spite of promises made by the military junta in the 1990 which they sponsored they did not relinquish power when they lost the election. Now to insure they will not lose the 2010 election they have intensified the arrests of democratic proponents and concocted charges against Aung San Suu Kyi to eliminate her influence in this sham election.

U Win Tin, Aung San Suu Kyi’s right-hand man said recently: “A central issue is the results of the 1990 election [a landslide win for the NLD]. We can’t throw away the results like a piece of paper or a leaf.” He went on saying: “The NLD won the election in 1990, but to date the party hasn’t been allowed to carry out the election results. At this point, if we turn our back on the 1990 election results and talk about taking part in the new election, the NLD will be shamed”.

Our legitimate leaders are saying crystal clearly the importance of implementing 1990 election results. Whatever junta will do unilaterally, it will not yield positive outcome and will not gain public support not only in Burma but also internationally.

In my point of view, “we don’t need the election in 2010, but implementation of 1990 election results first.”

Chinland Guardian: ENC (Ethnic Nationalities Council) has been campaigning for what is called ‘Tripartite Dialogue’ for years – a dialogue between the military regime, democratic parties and ethnic nationalities. Do you think this is actually feasible and practical?

Myo Thein : I appreciate that they are doing what they can do best for Burma. If we truly work our best to realise what we believe is right, nothing is impossible.

Chinland Guardian: Some criticise the military junta as being ‘uneducated and ignorant’ while others say they [the military] are cunning and clever, at least, in securing their power and seats for more than 40 years. How do you see?

Myo Thein : We need the revolution of the spirit of junta’s leaders. They need to change their mind-set and perceptions on the way they see things especially on general public. Gen. Aung San, the Founder of today Burma’s Army, said, "Our armed forces are not for tyrannizing the people, not for flaunting their power in reliance on weapon. The armed forces are the servants of the country and not the other way round." This is now the very critical time to reconsider all the patriotic soldiers to stand on the side of the public.

Chinland Guardian: The military regime has been apparently trying to ‘divide and rule’ the peoples of Burma, especially the ethnic nationalities. It might not be wrong to say that the junta has succeeded in implementing their propaganda and the people in some areas start to have divided rather than united. How do you think ‘pure and strong’ unity among the peoples could be gained?

Myo Thein : United we stand. When we are working for democratisation of Burma, we must learn from history what we make mistakes and how we can achieve doing things better. We must have the courage to open the new chapters. Rather than that if someone is only talking about bitter hatreds from the past, it would also create division and mistrust amongst us which would lead to “divided we fall”. We must work together if we truly want to see justice reality in Burma. In fact, we have to work together since we have no choice if we truly want to restore genuine peace in Burma. We must have confidence and trust each other. We must also be ready to compromise when we dealt with dilemma.

Our leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, always stresses how important it is to have genuine unity in our country. She said: "Unity in diversity has to be the principle of those who genuinely wish to build our country into a strong nation that allows for a variety of races, languages, beliefs and cultures to flourish in peaceful and happy coexistence. Only a government that tolerates opinions and attitudes different from its own will be able to create an environment where peoples of diverse traditions and aspirations can breathe freely in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and trust."

We don’t have one quick fix to be a perfect union. Our hope is on our new generation. We must teach them the importance of “agree to disagree, the beauty of differences and unity in diversity”. In that way we can build our country to be a better and bolder union.

Chinland Guardian: Your messages to the peoples of Burma and to those who work hard for Burma both inside and outside the country.

Myo Thein : We have the firm determination, dedication and devotion to keep on working until the democracy is restored in Burma. I would like to stress here that we all have the responsibility to do our part in democratisation of Burma. We must all work together to achieve our destination. Please do something. Each and every small act today we are doing will be contributed for all the big achievements we will gain in the future. And every great achievement starts with the very first step we are taking. I believe that we will win and we can do it.

Chinland Guardian: Thank you for your time and answers.

Myo Thein : Thank you very much.
Comment by Myo Thein on October 25, 2009 at 4:34pm
Comment by Clicia Pavan on September 17, 2009 at 2:51am

September 21 International Day of Peace
iPeace for world peace
There is no way to peace, peace is the way
Comment by Clicia Pavan on September 13, 2009 at 2:54am

Fearless Aung San Suu Kyi
Una heroína de nuestro tiempo
Condenado a reclusión
Por la junta militar birmana
Cuando su pueblo, todos los aclamados
Su elección como Jefe de Estado
Para guiarlos como personas libres
En un Estado verdaderamente democrático.

El tiempo es muy rápido haciendo clic en
A medida que el mundo finalmente se despierta
Para el poder del mal de los hombres
Armadas para servir a la nación
Pero tienen en realidad
El tiempo es muy rápido haciendo clic en
A medida que el mundo finalmente se despierta
Para el poder del mal de los hombres
Armadas para servir a la nación
Pero tienen en realidad
La confianza traicionada y el honor

Tienen que necesito que me digan
El suyo no es gobernar
Sin embargo, para escuchar y obedecer
Soplo sin "o de la elección
La voz de la única
Elegidos por el pueblo
Y eso es San Suu Kyi
El herione de nuestros tiempos.
Por: Víctor Karunairajan
Fearless Aung San Suu Kyi
A heroine of our times
Condemned to confinement
By the Burmese Miltary junta
When her people, all acclaimed
Her as elected Head of State
To lead them as Free People
In a truly democratic state.

Time is clicking very fast
As the world finally wakes
To the evil might of men
Armed to serve the nation
But have in reality
Time is clicking very fast
As the world finally wakes
To the evil might of men
Armed to serve the nation
But have in reality
Betrayed trust and honour

They must need be told
Yours is not to govern
But to listen and obey
Withour murmur or choice
The voice of the only one
Elected by the people
And that is San Suu Kyi
The herione of our times.
By: Victor Karunairajan
Comment by Clicia Pavan on September 1, 2009 at 4:56pm

International Day Of Peace September 21, 2009
There is no way to peace, peace is the way
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God-Matthew 5:9.
Prince of Peace"Jesus is the messenger of peace
Peace is not absence of conflict but the ability to resolve conflicts without hate
Jesus said: "I leave you peace, my peace I give you.

Día Internacional de la Paz 21 de septiembre 2009
No hay camino hacia la paz, la paz es el camino
Bienaventurados los pacificadores, porque ellos serán llamados hijos de Dios-Mateo 5:9.
Príncipe de Paz "Jesús es el mensajero de la paz
La paz no es ausencia de conflicto sino la capacidad de resolver los conflictos sin odio
Jesús dijo: "La paz os dejo, mi paz os doy."

Comment by Clicia Pavan on August 23, 2009 at 9:42pm ipeace we will not remain indifferent to such injustice ... Let her call for justice
Aung San Suu Kyi pede justiça
Comment by Clicia Pavan on August 23, 2009 at 9:41pm
iPeace no vamos a permanecer indiferente ante tamaña injusticia ..
Que su petición de justicia
Aung San Suu Kyi pide justicia
Comment by Clicia Pavan on August 22, 2009 at 6:28am

El desafío a la junta militar viene de la menos lo esperaba: los monjes budistas. Revelando un valor sin límites, marcharon ayer por las calles de Rangún, la capital de Birmania (Myanmar), cerca de 100 mil personas. Fue la mayor manifestación desde 1988. Protestas en aumento cada día y se extendió a otras partes del país. La Junta ya ha amenazado con tomar medidas si las manifestaciones violentas no se detienen. La casa de Aung San Suu Kyi, Premio Nobel de la Paz, se aísla para evitar el contacto con los manifestantes. Los monjes han indicado ya que continuará con las protestas. Un baño de sangre es inminente. Sólo la visibilidad internacional de la lucha de Myanmar podría obligar a la comunidad internacional a que adopte una postura firme contra la junta militar, responsable de un genocidio silencioso que se ha cobrado miles de víctimas.
The challenge to the military junta comes from the least expected: the Buddhist monks. Revealing a boundless courage, marched yesterday through the streets of Rangoon, the capital of Burma (Myanmar), about 100 thousand people. It was the biggest demonstration since 1988. Protests increasing every day and are spread to other parts of the country. The junta has already threatened violent action if the demonstrations do not stop. The house of Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize, is isolated to prevent contact with the demonstrators. The monks have already indicated they will continue with the protests. A bloodbath is imminent. Only the international visibility of the struggle of Burma could force the international community to take a tough stance against the military junta, responsible for a silent genocide that has claimed thousands of victims.
Comment by Clicia Pavan on August 22, 2009 at 6:17am ipeace we will not remain indifferent to such injustice ... Let her call for justice
Aung San Suu Kyi pede justiça
Comment by Myo Thein on August 16, 2009 at 9:33pm
The Burmese people are calling for the investigation of Yettaw's involvement in a possible conspiracy against Aung San Suu Kyi as well as Webb's possible business tie with the junta. John William Yettaw was the intruder of Aung San Suu Kyi’s residence. Because of him Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to 18 months house arrest. We strongly believe that there is a conspiracy behind Yettaw’s illegal entry into Aung San Suu Kyi residence.

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