“No to Burma’s Sham Election!”
November 1, 2010, 1:08 am
Filed under: Burma

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A big thank you to all who made it down for the event last Saturday and the photo taking. For those who are interested to find out more about Free Burma Campaign Singapore, do feel free to check out our blog and join our Facebook group!



Free Burma Campaign Singapore statement on the 2010 Burma elections
February 13, 2010, 12:30 pm
Filed under: Burma

The image “http://i320.photobucket.com/albums/nn359/seelanpalay/free_burma.png” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Today, February 12, marks the 63rd anniversary of the Union Day of Burma. To commemorate this important date, Free Burma Campaign Singapore (FBCSG) is issuing a statement with regards to the upcoming 2010 elections.

We call upon the regime to respect the voices and choices of the people by carrying out a free and fair election. Before the elections take place, we insist that the regime meets three crucial benchmarks:

  1. The immediate release of all political prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

  2. National reconciliation: Inclusive dialogue with key stakeholders from democracy groups and ethnic nationalities, including a comprehensive review of the 2008 Constitution.

  3. Total cessation of the systematic abuse of human rights and criminal hostilities against ethnic groups, political activists, journalists and civil society.

These benchmarks must be fulfilled before the elections in order to provide equal opportunities for opposition politicians and Burmese society at large. The elections cannot be presumed free and fair without first meeting these conditions.

We at FBCSG also express concern at the fundamentally flawed structure of the Constitution, which binds the electoral process and beyond.

A high proportion of parliamentary powers is allocated to the military; any proper mechanism for the protection of human rights is lacking. Any election that takes place without a thorough review of the Constitution will not bring about any political and social change in Burma.

Contact us at burmacampaignsg@gmail.com



What Obama needs to realise
November 16, 2009, 12:47 am
Filed under: APEC, Burma, By Rachel Zeng, Obama

kyi1“Despite years of good intentions, neither sanctions by the US nor engagement of others have succeeded in improving the lives of Burmese people,” said Obama during the APEC meeting in Singapore according to the report by the Guardian.

Now I hope that Obama will not lift the US sanction on Burma. Instead, he needs to realise that because of countries like China, India and Singapore who are supporting the junta with their investments and diplomatic ties, the US has not been making a huge impact for change in Burma.

What Obama probably needs to do is to work with countries investing and having trade ties with the Burmese military junta to pressurise them into coming up with conditional trading ties for example, free the political prisoners and reviewing the constitution before supplying them trade or aid of any kind.

Making statements asking the junta to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is one thing that anyone can do. But to reinforce that demand with further actions and getting solidarity from the rest of the world will hold much more of an impact I think.

Recommended reading materials:

Foreign Investment – About Burma

Shwe Gas Project fact sheet (pdf)

Foreign Investment in Burma: Analysing the Statistics

Singapore, a friend indeed to Burma (Old one but still valid til today)

Burma-Singapore Axis: Globalising the Heroin Trade (Another old article)



Press statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
August 12, 2009, 12:59 am
Filed under: Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, By Rachel Zeng, News Articles

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I was both saddened and angered by the news of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s unjustified sentence.

To make matters worse, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affair’s statement did not condemn such an unjustified sentence. Instead, it stated that the ministry was disapointed to learn about the sentence but is however “… happy that the Myanmar Government has exercised its sovereign prerogative to grant amnesty for half her sentence and that she will be placed under house arrest rather than imprisoned.

In my personal opinion, the statement seemed to be merely a gesture of protocol. Why even release it at all?

The sentence is quite obviously a political move, right ahead of elections so as to stop any participation from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. It is a despicable move. She should never be put under house arrest and should not even be imprisoned in any other forms for even a single second.

I simply cannot believe that our dear MFA ju st praised the Burmese authorities for their “…significant gestures”.

Simply ridiculous!

11/08/2009

MFA Spokesman’s Comments on the Verdict of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Trial, 11 August 2009

We are disappointed to learn that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was found guilty and sentenced to three years hard labour.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi did not plan to violate the terms of her house arrest, and the intrusion into her house was by a person who appears to be of unsound mind.

We are however happy that the Myanmar Government has exercised its sovereign prerogative to grant amnesty for half her sentence and that she will be placed under house arrest rather than imprisoned.

We are heartened that Minister of Home Affairs Major General Maung Oo had announced that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be allowed to see doctors and nurses, communicate with her party, watch local television channels, read local newspapers and journals, and can receive visitors with the government’s permission and that there is a possibility that she could receive amnesty for the remainder of her sentence.

These are significant gestures by the Myanmar Government.

We hope that the Myanmar Government will allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to participate in the political process as soon as possible.

A meaningful dialogue between the Myanmar Government, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political groups in an open and inclusive process of national reconciliation is the only hope for the long term political stability of the country.

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SINGAPORE

11 AUGUST 2009




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