A letter of Protest to President of the Union of Myanmar, U Thein Sein.
U Thein Sein.
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
12, Jalan Ru, Off Jalan Ampang Hilir,
55000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : (603) 4256 0280 @ 4257 0680
Fax : (603) 42568320
Email : [email protected]
Dear Mr. President,
We, the Burma ethnic refugees in Malaysia together with the undersigned Malaysian civil society organizations wish to express our strong condemnation against the on-going arm conflicts, assaults, systematic persecution, torture and intimidation launched by the Burmese army against ethnic minority’s freedom fighters, armed groups and civilians in several states, in particular, the Kachin, Shan, Karen and other ethnic minority territories.
Such gross human rights violations and suppressions in ethnic territories have resulted thousands of civilians including children and women to flee and refuge in hand-made bamboo shelters in the deep forest and border areas without sufficient foods and healthcare. Due to this situation, the number of refugees who have transcended into neighboring countries is remarkably escalating. We would also like to express our deep concern over the forcibly use of the villagers as porters, guardians, minesweepers in conflict zone while women are reportedly raped and even brutally murdered.
The present arm conflicts in Karen State also results displacement of thousands of people including young teenagers from several villages located along the Three Pagoda Highway, surrounded villages of Fa Lu, Wei Lay and Maing Kyi Ngo. Reasonable numbers of refugees had also fled to refugee camps located at the Burma-Thailand border area in order to seek for asylum and protection.
The concomitantly systematic military offensive launched by the Burma army in Kachin and Shan States had also forced thousands of civilians to flee their villages and paddy fields in order to escape the civil war between ethnic minority’s armed groups and the Burma army. This may also stimulate the current food insecurity situation and may cause people facing lack of food supply.
Therefore, we, the Burma ethnic refugees in Malaysia together with the undersigned Malaysian civil society organizations, call upon the U Thein Sein’s government to immediately:
To stop military offensive and persecution against ethnic minority’s freedom fighters. Armed groups and civilians in entire states in Myanmar.
To sign cease-fire agreements and to hold political dialogue in order to achieve a nationwide cease-fire with all ethnic minority groups.
To release all political prisoners across the country unconditionally
To entirely halt the Myitsone dam project
This letter has been endorsed by:
SUARA RAKYAT MALAYSIA (SUARAM)
LAWYERS FOR LIBERTY (LFL)
CIVIL SOCIETY COMMITTEE OF LLG CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
PERSATUAN SAHABAT WANITA SELANGOR
SAYA ANAK BANGSA MALAYSIA [SABM]
EDUCATION AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATION FOR CONSUMERS, MALAYSIA (ERA CONSUMER MALAYSIA)
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (AI), MALAYSIA.
HEALTH EQUITY INITIATIVES (HEI)
SOLIDARITY FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN CHINA (SCRC)
CIVIL RIGHTS COMMITTEE OF KLSCAH
PERSATUAN MASYARAKAT SELANGOR & WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN (PERMAS)
PUSAT KOMAS (KOMAS)
PARTI SOSIALIS MALAYSIA (PSM)
CENTER FOR ORANG ASLI CONCERNS
MALAYSIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (MSRI)
MALAYSIA YOUTH AND STUDENTS DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (DEMA)
STUDENT PROGRESSIVE FRONT UNIVERSITY UTARA MALAYSIA (SPF UUM)
STUDENT PROGRESSIVE FRONT UNIVERSITY SCIENCE MALAYSIA (SPF USM)
STUDENT PROGRESSIVE FRONT NEW ERA COLLEGE (SPF NEC)
GERAKAN MAJU MAHASISWA UNIVERSITY PUTRA MALAYSIA (GMM UPM)
PERSATUAN MAHASISWA ISLAM UNIVERSITI MALAYA (PMIUM)
BRIDGED PUTERA MALAYSIA
MAJLIS PERWAKILAN MAHASISWA NASIONAL (MPMN)