EU urged to prioritize minority rights in Burma
08 November 2013: The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) has urged representatives of the European Union to consider the rights of ethnic minorities in Burma in the upcoming EU-Burma meeting.
In its letter to Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, UNPO stressed the need for paying special attention particularly to the plight of the Chin and Rohingya.
It called for putting pressure on the government of Burma to address matters related to human and minority rights.
The EU-Burma Joint Task Force meeting is scheduled to take place in Rangoon and Nay Pyi Taw on 13-15 November.
Whilst welcoming the efforts of the EU in providing assistance provided for Burma, UNPO also called for supporting the development of organizations committed to monitoring the human rights situation in Burma.
In April 2012, the EU had opened its office in Rangoon following the relaxation of restrictions against Burma and appointed Roland Kobia as its first ambassador to the country in June this year.
In her speech at the office opening ceremony, Catherine Ashton said: “The European Union will be a friend and a supporter for the whole of the journey in this process, engaged in supporting the programmes that will help people in towns and cities, perhaps especially in the rural community, and supporting the political process.”
The European Union is an economic and political alliance of 28 member states mainly in Europe, with Croatia being the latest to join in July 2013.
Founded in The Hague in 1991, UNPO is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organisation, of which the Chin National Front has been a member representing the Chin since 2001.#