Burma under close review, deplores prisoners detention: UN Security Council

In a press release issued today by the United Nations Department of Public Information, News & Media Division and referring to the press statement of the Security Council issued on 14th November 2007 (SC/9171) stated that, “The members of the Security Council confirm their intention to keep developments in Myanmar under close review.” In addition, the Security Council while welcoming the recent positive developments in Burma, strongly deplored the continued detention of political prisoners in Burma and showed concern towards continuing new arrests of democracy activists in Burma. In its opinion, the members of the Security Council also expressed concern regarding “the fate of protesters arrested during recent demonstrations that are still unaccounted for”.

It is important to note that the arrests of those who protested in Burma during last August-September orange revolution of monks have not stopped even during the high profile visit of UN Special Rapporteur on Burma, Mr. Sergio Paulo Pinheiro, which concluded today. In its press release, it once again reiterated that, “the members of the Security Council stress the need for the Government of Myanmar to create conditions for dialogue and reconciliation by relaxing, as a first step, the conditions of detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and by pursuing the release of political prisoners and detainees.”

Furthermore, the Security Council also acknowledged the important role of the Association of South-East Asian Nations countries supporting role in the democratic transformation of Burma and facilitating the United Nations good offices mission to the crisis. The press release also stressed the importance of the forthcoming ASEAN Summit in the democratization of Burma.

However, it is important to note that despite one recent freedom given to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to meet party workers, she still doesn’t have any freedom to address media and surprisingly her press statement appears at Singapore through the special envoy of UN Secretary General – Mr. Ibrahim Gambari on 8th of November 2007? It would have been real positive development in Burma, if Asia’s symbol of democracy – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest would have ended and allowed to address international media without any threat of intimidation and meet party workers freely? Otherwise, all the attempts from military junta’s side of showing positive developments and permitting UN special envoy & UN Special Rapporteur would be of buying some more time to publish more stories like yesterday’s propaganda news of the New Light of Myanmar (Page No. 9) that, “No Longer want to be members of NLD, Fourteen of Pathein, Myaung Townships NLD quit.”

Moreover, the recent statement released by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi through the UN Special envoy to Burma on 8th of November that, “In the interest of the nation, I stand ready to cooperate with the Government in order to make this process of dialogue a success and welcome the necessary good offices role of the United Nations to help facilitate our efforts in this regard,” shows her continued commitment towards the philosophy of “non-violence” and love towards Burma and the institution of United Nations.

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One Comment on “Burma under close review, deplores prisoners detention: UN Security Council”

  1. Ba Zan Lin Says:

    Hello Raj! Thanks for your contributions toward my Burma. I believe that we will be able to rebuild our beloved land with love and peace in near future. Thanks for visiting my blog, too. I will be updating it eventually.


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