Committee Supporting Internal Movement in Burma
P.O.Box 865, Rockville, MD-20851,USA.
Tel: 240-432-5097. Fax: 301-330-3344. E-mail: csim@Comcast.net
[CSIM is a working committee of Burmese pro-democracy
groups from around
the world, founded on October 11-12th, 2003 at the world's largest
of Burmese democracy activists-in-exile at Fort Wayne, Indiana.]
The prevailing situation in Burma has turned for the worst lately
despite the ruling junta the so-called State Peace and Development
Council's (SPDC) repeated claims that it is striving its best to
restore democracy in the country and affect national reconciliation.
On February 20, 2004, six students were given long term imprisonments,
seven to seventeen years, for showing their displeasure on the SPDC
by distributing leaflets criticizing the junta's so-called 'road
map' for Burma's democracy.
"This unwarranted action on the part of the junta does not
reflect its repeated claims to restore democracy in the country
and in fact, it is in complete contrast to the SPDC's frequently
publicized endeavors to affect national reconciliation by signing
ceasefire agreements with the ethnic armed groups" said Ko
Yin Aye of the Committee Supporting Internal Movement in Burma based
in Washington DC.
Ko Aung Moe Win of the CSIM also said, "I take off my hat
and salute those brave students who have shown their guts citing
that supporters of the SPDC road map will certainly end up in the
dark corners of history".
In all truth and probability the SPDC road map is nothing but an
idiosyncrasy and a ploy only to hoodwink the people on the part
of the ruling junta as it does not take into account of the people's
desire for freedom and democracy, much less justice and the rule
of law by ignoring the results of the May 1990 elections and specifically,
turning a blind eye and refusing to make independent inquiries on
the De-pe'-yin Massacre perpetrated by the thugs and members of
the SPDC sponsored USDA (Union Solidarity and Development Association)
on May 30, 2003.
In this view we strongly condemn the SPDC regime for imposing the
long-term imprisonments on the six students and again reiterate
our demand to affect the immediate release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,
Min Ko Naing and all political prisoners, in case, the SPDC genuinely
desires to build up trust among all the ethnic minorities in Burma
and affect a long awaited national reconciliation that will lead
to lasting peace and prosperity in the country.