Thursday, 27 March 2008

UN Must Reject Burma's False Constitution

Dear Friends

The military regime in Burma will be trying to pass a new constitution this May, one that only the military had a voice in creating and will essentially cement their hold of power. A new resolution has been introduced in the House of Representatives that will urge the United Nations Security Council to not recognize or accept this new constitution. Please let your Representative know today that he/she must co-sponsor this resolution.

Easily send an email through our website. It only takes a few minutes.

Why we need this resolution - UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari returned just a few short weeks ago from Burma. The military regime rejected each and every one of his proposals for a more inclusive and democratic process. Yet despite the complete failure of his mission, Gambari praised the military regime in his briefing to the Security Council. We must show the UN Security Council that Gambari is wrong, Burma's brutal military regime does not deserve praise but condemnation. Only through our strong support and advocacy for the people of Burma will we be able to overcome Gambari and the regime's biggest supporter, China at the Security Council. It is time the UN Security Council takes action to protect the people of Burma from another half century of oppressive military rule.

Representative Holt who introduced the resolution said in a press release "The Burmese people are determined to enjoy the same rights and freedoms that so many take for granted. The heroic efforts of opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and others have given hope to victims of terrible oppression, and they deserve our support. Passage of this resolution would send a strong signal to the people of Burma that we stand with them in their struggle for democracy."
To read more about why this constitution should not be supported, check out articles on our website in Burmese and English.

The resolution:
- Denounces the constitution drafting process and new referendum
- Insists that the miltary regime engages in tripartite dialogue with democracy forces led by Aung San Suu Kyi and ethnic minorities
- Demands the unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners
- Urge President Bush to push the United Nations Security Council to not accept this new constitution and push for a binding resolution at the Security Council.

This is something that we can easily do to support the people of Burma who are determined to fight this new constitution. Please email now!

Aung Din, Jeremy, Jennifer, and Thelma

The United States Campaign for Burma

Support 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma.

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