Media Release from All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA), The 88 Generation Students and All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU)
ABMA, 88 Generation Students & ABFSU condemn the Burma’s military government for its imprisonment of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and will oppose by any means including mass protests
1. The six-year term of house arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is to end on May 27, 2009. Not only the Burmese people but also the international community have been aware of this fact and that the Burmese military regime does not have any possible legal grounds to extending the terms of her house arrest under Article 10 (B) of the Act of “Protection the State from Danger of Subversive Elements”. Therefore, the junta had no choice but to release her.
2. The military regime no doubt felt that if Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was released, she would inevitably become the vanguard challenger to the junta’s campaign plan and the strongest opposition to the 2010 Elections and the unilaterally enacted 2008 Constitution which ultimately entrenches permanent military rule in Burma.
3. Thus the military government has made an attempt to hush its biggest obstacle and made a political plot against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi by charging her under Article 22 relating to the case of a foreigner invading into her home. It is clear that she did not make any effort to break her house arrest, and why would she, when she was so close to completing the terms of her house arrest. If there is any fault to be had in the situation, the total responsibility lies with the military regime failure to take the necessary security precautions.
4. Instead of taking full responsibility for their security breach, the regime is now trying to jail Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and is finding a ploy to detain her without just cause. This is the latest exemplification of the regime’s complete disregard to international law and respect for fundamental freedoms.
5. Furthermore, it is clearly indicative of the military junta’s rejection of holding genuine political dialogue and national reconciliation with the National League for Democracy (NLD) that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and various international bodies such as the United Nations, European Union, The United States, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have consistently asked for. This latest action on the regime’s part is also an obvious and deliberate attempt by the military regime to refrain from the “Shwe-gone-dine Declaration” released by the NLD after its two-day meeting on April 28 and 29, 2009.
6. We stand united with the world leaders who have expressed concern over the case of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and demand for her release. However, our past 20 years of experience in dealing with the military regime has taught us one thing: it does not respond to any verbal and/or written statements. Therefore, we seriously urge the international community along with the United Nations to act immediately with concrete measures on the Burmese military junta for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
7. We call all political forces for Free Aung San Suu Kyi to mobilize all over Burma, by holding praying sessions in homes, places of worship for her release, and holding silent peaceful rallies in front of Insein Prison each day until she is released from now on to the court hearing.
8. We, the All Burma Monks Alliance (ABMA), 88 Generation Students and All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) strongly condemn the military government for its bullying over Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and will oppose this latest atrocity using any means until Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is freed.
All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA)
The 88 Generation Students
All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU)