Ethnic Parties Calls for Tougher Pressures on Junta
17 March 2010: Amid growing international condemnation of Burma’s new electoral laws, the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) has issued renewed calls on the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to put ‘appropriate’ pressures on Burma’s military junta.
In a letter to the UN Secretary General yesterday, a copy of which was also sent to the five permanent UN Security Council Members, the UNA said that they cannot accept the new electoral laws enacted by the military regime as the laws unfairly exclude legitimate political parties from contesting.
“The laws of against the opinions of the international community and against the actual desires of the people of Burma,” the letter charged.
The UNA consists of 12 ethnic political parties that contested and won seats in the 1990 elections.
The four-point demands made by the UNA include the release of all political prisoners, an end to military offensives in ethnic areas, a political dialogue with the democratic parties and ethnic representatives and an all inclusive free and fair elections.
During the UN Human Rights Council meeting this week, the junta’s diplomatic representative in Geneva denied that Burma didn’t have political prisoners, saying that allegations of serious human rights breaches against his country are baseless and politically charged.