Burma’s Activists Delivered Letter of Concerns for Suu Kyi to 10 Downing Street
23 February 2011: A band of six ethnic and Burmese political activists based in the UK today went to ‘Number 10’ Downing Street, the official residence and office of British Prime Minister, delivering a letter of concerns for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s new Parliament.
The sextette represetatives presented a jointly written letter to PM David Cameron in attempts to bring to his attention the recent alarming threat on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s life by the military junta and the lastest development of Parliament in Burma through the absolute denial of the rights of its people.
The letter noted: “Since we planned to deliver this letter, there has been alarming news from Burma of a threat by the military government on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s life. On Sunday, we learned of the ominous threat that, if she continues to’blindly deny’ recent progress, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi “will meet a tragic end.”
Given previous attempts on her life by the junta, and their continuing grotesque brutality against their own people, we have no doubt that her life is in real danger, according to the letter.
It also included: “The People of Burma now need international governments, which have been loud in their condemnation of this travesty of electoral freedom, to substantiate their condemnation with a firm refusal to recognise this parliament, and of this purportedly “new” government which has achieved power only through the absolute denial of the rights of the people to a free and fair election.”
We believe, the letter continued, that public condemnation from all governments will highlight global awareness of the regime’s intention, and that, should an attempt be made on her life, the world will have no doubt who is responsible.
The Burmese delegation also called in their letter on international communities to substantiate their condemnation with a firm refusal to recognise the new parliament, and on the United Kingdom to lead the way that will help bring peace and stability in Burma.
Burma’s military dictatorship convened a new parliament on 31 January 2011 follwing the November 7 2010 General Elections in which the government-backed parties were in control.
Today’s delegation includes Venerable U Uttara from International Buddhist Monk Alliance (IBMA), Dr. Win Naing from National League for Democracy Liberated Area (NLD LA UK), Mr. Ring Du from Kachin National Organisation (KNO UK), Rev. Shwekey Hoipang from Chin Community UK (CC UK), Mr. Kyaw Bo Bo San from Mon Community UK (MC UK), and Mr. Shar Mwe Hla Tun (Karen Community Association UK).
Van Biak Thang