|Resolutions of the "Roadmap
for Democracy in Burma Conference"
Fort Wayne, Indiana
11-12 October 2003
The "Roadmap for Democracy in Burma Conference", attended
by Burmese pro-democracy individuals and organizations from all
over the world, was held in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 11-12 October 2003.
Five Panels at the conference -- panel on strategy to end military
dictatorship in Burma, panel on solidarity of nationalities of Burma,
panel on self-funding, panel on pressure against the military regime
by international communities and the United Nations and panel on
future plan for inland and overseas democratic struggles -- came
up with suggestions which were energetically debated and unanimously
passed by the participants.
Strategy to end Military Dictatorship in Burma
1. Accept the leadership of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National
League for Democracy.
2. Not accept any political change which is not based on the results
of the 1990 elections.
3. Support and enhance the role of the Committee Representing People's
4. Continue the struggle through all means to eliminate the dictatorship
5. Secure victory through the revolutionary movement inside the
6. Emphasize that the unwavering political objective of this conference
is democracy and establishment of a federal union.
7. Form an ad hoc committee comprising individuals and organizations
under the political leadership of the National Coalition Government
of the Union of Burma and the National Council the Union of Burma.
The committee is initially to be formed with members of the Strategy
Panel and to be expanded later.
8. Support and assist the ethnic nationality groups who are waging
a just revolutionary war.
9. Support and assist the struggles of the students, including
the All Burma Students' Democratic Front (ABSDF), and others who
are striving for democracy.
Forward Action Plan decided at the Conference
1. Burmese democratic forces abroad are to stage demonstrations
on December 10 (Human Rights Day) to display unity
2. To urgently carry out regional Democratic Burmese Communities
and organizational work" in different regions (of the world).
3. To organize and exhort all the people of Burma and organizations
to oppose the dictatorship in Burma and "participate in the
activities to restore democracy in Burma."
Solidarity of Nationalities of Burma
1. Equality and self-determination for all ethnic nationalities
must be established.
2. Like all other ethnic nationalities, Burman nationality should
stand clearly and decisively as one ethnic group.
3. The non-Burman ethnic nationalities should recognize that the
military in Burma is not an organization that represents the Burman
4. The name of the future Federal Union should be representative
of all the ethnic nationalities in the country.
5. A committee comprising representatives of all ethnic nationalities
should be formed for the strengthening of ethnic unity.
6. With a view to strengthen ethnic unity, all nationalities should
endeavor to learn the language of, at least one nationality other
than their own.
7. Ethnic nationalities must respect each other mutually.
The conference firmly believes that the objective of the struggle
to abolish dictatorship and promote democracy in our country, Burma,
can be successfully achieved only through self-reliance.
(1) To fully realize that goal, the committee in charge of establishing
a self-help fund raising body has been formed.
(2) The term of the committee will be one year.
(3) The committee will draft and approve rules, regulations, and
procedures which will extensively be global in nature.
(4) The committee, which will come into force immediately from
the date it is formed, has been assigned to undertake self-funding
Pressure against the Military Regime in Burma by International
Communities & the United Nations
1. To step up economic sanctions against the military regime of
Burma through the United Nations Security Council.
2. To seek stronger pressure from the international community to
secure the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners.
3. To work toward the implementation of resolutions passed by the
International Labor Organization at its conference in Year 2000.
4. To seek stronger pressure mechanisms, including economic sanctions,
from the European Union.
5. To request the United Nations Secretary General to fully implement
the Burma resolutions passed by successive sessions of the United
Nations General Assembly.
6. For the Burmese democratic forces worldwide to urge international
governments and members of Parliament concerned to exert greater
pressure on the Burmese military regime.
7. To collect information and prepare reports to increase the effectiveness
of the visa ban on SPDC leaders and their close relatives, the freezing
of their assets, and the ban on transfer of funds imposed by the
United States and the European Union.
8. To urge Burmese expatriate communities to stop paying tax to
9. To raise the awareness of the people of the world about the
true conditions in Burma through educational and lecture tours.
10. To highlight the problem of the nuclear reactor project being
carried out jointly by the SPDC and Russia being a direct threat
to regional security.
11. To prevent the SPDC from selling off land owned by the Burmese
people in foreign countries where Burmese Embassies are located.
12. To form a Networking Committee so that Burmese democratic forces
all over the world can coordinate their activities and work in unity.
Future Plan for Inland and Overseas Democratic Struggles
In accordance with the conviction of the "Roadmap for Democracy
in Burma Conference" that the elimination of the dictatorial
system in Burma is the only way to successfully achieve genuine
democracy and genuine national reconciliation among all the ethnic
nationalities, and that the only path that can lead to the realization
of that goal is the correct roadmap for all of us, a concerted struggle
must be waged both domestically and internationally through various
means to remove the vicious SPDC military clique.
After careful considerations of all issues, it is decided that
- The force inside the country is the key force
- The force inside the country is the deciding factor
The key players who will be waging the deciding struggle are:
(a) The Committee Representing the People's Parliament and the
National League for Democracy led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
(b) The "Veteran Politicians"
(c) United Nationalities League for Democracy and the ethnic nationalities
(d) Masses (students, monks, workers, farmers, etc) from all strata.
To provide all-round support for the intensification and improvement
of the "anti-dictatorship and people's liberation activities"
of these key players is the most important requisite and vital responsibility
of our forces outside the country.
The conference unanimously viewed that a working committee is needed
to effectively undertake responsibilities, and it was formed accordingly.
For more information please contact following persons
Chit Kyi 260-433 3610
Aung Kyaw Myint 607-339 7054
Min Zaw Oo 202-641 2229
Aung San Myint 202-460 0898