US backs UN rights expert’s report on Myanmar

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WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States gave its backing Tuesday to a UN expert’s report raising concerns about Myanmar’s recent referendum and called on the military rulers to release all political prisoners.

US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack also called on the country’s military rulers to uphold their pledge to give international aid access to victims of last month’s ,,, which left 133,000 dead or missing.

“The US shares the conclusions of the UN human rights monitor in his sobering report that the referendum on the regime’s draft constitution was far from credible,” McCormack said in a statement.

Washington also agrees that the continuing detention of political prisoners, including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, and the condition under which they are held is “appalling,” he said. Continue reading

Monks and students reject junta’s constitution

Jun 5, 2008 (DVB)–The All-Burmese Monks’ Alliance, 88 Generation Students and All Burma Federation of Student Unions issued a joint statement yesterday rejecting the state constitution adopted by the military regime last week. 

The organisations also urged the people of Burma and the international community not to accept the constitution that formally creates a repressive military class and legalises prolonged military rule in Burma. Continue reading

Myanmar criminals are taking a leaf out of SPDC Referendum

Myanmar criminals are taking a leaf out of SPDC Referendum

 

Global oil price hike, increase in rice price is leading to Global economic slump and recession in many countries. SPDC mismanagement of economy, Cyclone Nargis after effects and mismanagements compounded the ever rising inflation and economic downturn. 

 

The present crime rate in Myanmar increases rapidly in tandem with the Tsunami Inflation. Myanmar Inflation is worse because known Tsunamis strikes rarely and reached the peak rapidly and used to recede very rapidly. But Myanmar’s Inflation is rises endlessly without going down as if given overdose of Viagra given every day.

 

 

Modas operandi of criminals, robbers, muggers and dacoits now a day is to bring some legal documents along with them and forcing the victims to sign while committing the crimes in Myanmar. The various legal documents they brought are:

  1. Granting immunity or pardon for their crime of robbing, raping, torturing and killing while committing the crimes.
  2. Sales and Purchase agreements for houses, shop-lots, lands, cars e.t.c.

 

They threatened, torture or even kill the victims so the robbery victims at last give up and signed the legal documents under duress.

 

  1. Are those documents legal?
  2. Could stand the scrutiny of Local and International Courts of LAWS?
  3. Could UN, UNSC, The Hague or any sound minded fair, impertial and just institutions could accept those documents of criminals to be legally acceptable documents?

 

We don’t think so.

  Continue reading

Meikhtila NLD denounces referendum result

Jun 3, 2008 (DVB)–The National League for Democracy in Meikhtila township strongly denounced the results of the government’s constitutional referendum in their monthly meeting yesterday, according to the Meikhtila party chairman. 

The Burmese military regime claimed the constitution was approved by 92 percent of voters in a national referendum held on 10 and 24 May, but the vote was marred by reports of intimidation and vote-rigging. Continue reading

Picture/Poster of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi voting NO

Picture/Poster of

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

voting NO

A poster of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi stands ...

A poster of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi stands outside the head quarters of the National League for Democracy in Yangon(AFP/Khin Maung Win)

NLD rejects Burma referendum result

ABC News

NLD rejects Burma referendum result

Posted Sat May 17

Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party has rejected the Burma junta’s claim that more than 92 per cent of voters approved a military-backed constitution in the first round of a referendum last week.

“This result is completely incorrect,” said Nyan Win, spokesman for the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).

“They forced the people to vote Yes – and did not allow ballots to be cast in secret,” he said.

Burma held the referendum across most of the country on May 10, even though huge swathes of land were still underwater from a cyclone that has left 133,000 people dead or missing.

The junta, which says the new constitution will pave the way to democratic elections in two years, announced on Thursday that 92.4 per cent of voters had approved the charter, with a 99 per cent turnout.

Nyan Win also said that the Government should not have announced the results until the second round of voting on May 24, when the regime plans to hold the balloting in areas devastated by the cyclone.

“This referendum result is not in accordance with the law. They should only announce the results after everyone finishes voting,” he said.

The NLD has denounced the regime for holding the referendum while 2.5 million people still need food, shelter and medicine.

The party says the constitution will enshrine the power of the generals, who have ruled the country for nearly half a century.

The last time there was a national ballot, in 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi won in a landslide. She was never allowed to rule, and instead has been under house arrest for much of the time since.

Among its provisions, the constitution would make it illegal for her to ever hold office.

 

Doctors allowed in

 

Meanwhile, dozens of Asian doctors have headed into Burma to treat survivors of the cyclone.

They are the biggest group of foreigners so far allowed in to help cyclone victims but international aid agencies say that, with 2.5 million needy survivors, a greater and faster relief effort is desperately needed.

Burma officials also took a group of foreign diplomats to tour the Irrawaddy delta, the hardest-hit region in the impoverished country’s rice-growing south, where the junta has blocked outsiders from entering.

But diplomats held little hope they would see the most devastated regions, where reporters say corpses still lie in rice fields, while thousands of people huddle in schools and Buddhist temples, still waiting for help.

France’s ambassador to the United Nations, Jean-Maurice Ripert, warned that the tragedy was turning “slowly from a situation of not helping people in danger to a real risk of crimes against humanity, and we cannot accept that.”

He told reporters he made the warning during a closed-door session of the UN General Assembly.

“I said that what is going on is unacceptable, that the aid was not getting there, and that people were dying today not just because of the cyclone anymore, but also because Burma authorities refuse to authorise international aid,” Ripert said.

State television on Friday put the latest toll at 77,738 dead and 55,917 missing from cyclone Nargis, which barrelled into the country on May 2-3, wiping away entire villages and submerging swathes of land under flood waters.

The figures were nearly double those of the previous day. The announcement said the scale of the devastation and heavy rains since the storm hit had slowed down confirmation of the tally.

The United States, a fierce critic of alleged human rights abuses in Burma, said the Government had shown signs it was willing to allow non-governmental organisations (NGOs) handle some aid for storm victims.

Two shipments of US aid were for the first time given directly to relief groups rather than handled by the military regime, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, adding that nine more flights were set for this weekend.

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Burma referendum begins while aid trickles in

Burma referendum begins while aid trickles in

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  • Saturday May 10 2008
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  • An unidentified man votes in Burma's controversial referendum on a new military-drafted constitution

    An unidentified man votes in Burma’s controversial referendum

     on a new military-drafted constitution at a polling station at

    Hlaeuk township near Rangoon.

    Photograph: AP

     

    Voting on a controversial constitution began in Burma today while aid for people left starving and homeless by the cyclone was still only trickling through.

    Burma’s military government pushed ahead with the vote but postponed polling in the areas hardest hit by last week’s cyclone, including the largest city, Rangoon.

    UN aid flights resumed this morning, with three planes flying, as well as delivery by trucks. On Friday the organisation had halted aid flights after an initial delivery of high-energy biscuits and relief equipment was seized by the Burmese regime.

    Today one International Red Cross plane also landed, carrying 35 tonnes of equipment intended to provide prisoners in Burma’s labour camps with clean drinking water. It also carried medical supplies for treating 10,000 people. In addition, a plane with 18 tonnes of aid from the Thai royal family has arrived in Burma.

    On arrival of the aid, Burma’s military government were seen taking charge of its distribution, removing it from boxes that had been plastered with names of top generals in an apparent effort to turn the relief effort for last week’s cyclone into a propaganda exercise.

    Burma’s state-run TV broadcast images of senior generals – including the junta leader, General Than Shwe – handing out aid packages to survivors at elaborate ceremonies.

    However, foreign disaster experts were still being barred from entry to the country. Aid agencies have accused Burma’s leaders of delaying crucial relief work needed to help the survivors of Cyclone Nargis, which struck last Saturday and is thought to have killed some 100,000 people. One million of Burma’s 51 million population are estimated to be homeless.

    Speaking at a press conference in London yesterday, Tim Costello, chief executive of World Vision Australia, said he thought things might improve after today’s vote.

    He said the Burmese government suspected aid personnel of actually being foreign observers reporting on today’s constitution referendum and he said he hoped such suspicion would relax after the vote.

    The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal by British aid agencies and charities has raised £4m in two days. The DEC said it “could do more” were it not for opposition from the Burmese government.

    Yesterday, at a press conference, the prime minister, Gordon Brown, echoed aid agencies’ fears, saying it was “unacceptable” that restrictions had been placed on aid and that the Burmese government “must take responsibility” for the situation in the country.

    Speaking in Atlanta, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said his staff were negotiating with officials in Burma to break the deadlock, but that Burmese leaders had “regrettably” not yet made direct contact with him.

    At the London press conference, Costello described the affected area as containing 19 million people, of whom around two-thirds were children. He raised the possibility that the scale of damage wrought by Cyclone Nargis in Burma could exceed the impact of the tsunami in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

    “The size of this is simply extraordinary and, in terms of its impact, much greater than the tsunami impact in Sri Lanka or Indonesia.”

    If passed, the constitution on which the Burmese are being asked to vote today would hand more power over to the military junta that has ruled Burma since 1962 and that last held elections in 1990.

    State TV broadcast a video showing two women singing a pop-style song with the lyrics: “Let’s go vote … with sincere thoughts for happy days”.

    The referendum seeks public approval of a new military-backed constitution, which the generals say will be followed in 2010 by general elections.

    However the proposed constitution guarantees 25% of parliamentary seats to the military and allows the president to hand over all power to the military in a state of emergency. It would also bar the Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained leader of the country’s pro-democracy movement, from public office.

    The military have refused to honour the results of the 1990 general election won by her National League for Democracy party.

    Protest against referendum in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

    UPDATE:

    Burmese groups protest referendum outside embassy

    Malaysiakini news

    More than 500 Burmese refugees and students demonstrated outside their embassy in the Malaysian capital, calling for a referendum in the reclusive nation to be scrapped.

    burmese referendum protest 100508 memorandumBurma’s ruling generals went ahead today with the ballot for a new constitution despite the major devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis last weekend, which killed tens of thousands and left 1.5 million people desperately needing aid.

    “We don’t want to vote for the artificial referendum,” protest organiser and ethnic Chin Richard Burton told reporters.

    “The junta should postpone the referendum because of all the suffering the Burmese people are facing from the cyclone,” he added.

    A refugee in Malaysia for the last four years, Burton said most people were not allowed to vote freely in the country formerly known as Burma.

    “We are being forced to vote for the referendum at the point of a gun so there is no choice for the Burmese people. We must vote ‘No’ for the referendum.”

    Memorandum submitted

    Wearing t-shirts with the word ‘NO’ emblazoned in white, demonstrators chanted pro-democracy slogans as leaders submitted a memorandum to Burmese embassy officials.

    Over 300 policemen, some armed with tear gas launchers, allowed representatives to address the crowd.

    burmese referendum protest 100508 chantingA large number of Burma’s various ethnic groups turned up for the protest with many Karen, Shan, Chin and Mons dressed in traditional outfits.

    Some brought their children and the group staged a minute’s silence in memory of the cyclone’s victims before dispersing.

    In the worst cyclone-hit townships including Burma’s most populous city Rangoon, the vote has been postponed, but the referendum went ahead today in the remaining townships.

    The junta says the vote will lead to general elections in 2010.

    The last ballot in Burma was won by the opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi nearly two decades ago but they were never permitted to take power – and the military has continued its tight hold on the country.

     

    – AFP 

     

    2,000 protest against referendum

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     2008/05/10

      Myanmar protesters gathering in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur yesterday where they handed over two memoranda to embassy officials.

    Myanmar protesters gathering in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur

     yesterday where they handed over two memoranda to embassy officials.

    KUALA LUMPUR: Some 2,000 Myanmar workers gathered in front of the Myanmar Embassy and handed over two memoranda protesting the referendum on the country’s new constitution.

    The two-hour peaceful rally, which began at 9.30am, saw the Myanmars arriving in two batches from Jalan Ampang before they were stopped by members of the Federal Reserve Unit.
    Police had since early morning cordoned off several roads leading to the embassy at Jalan Ru, off Jalan Ampang Hilir, and stationed FRU trucks at the United States Embassy nearby.

    Some of the Myanmars wore traditional clothes while others wore red headbands and T-shirts emblazoned with the word “No”.
    They co-operated with police throughout the protest and waited patiently at the blockade before police allowed several representatives to approach the embassy to hand over the memoranda.
     
     

     

     

    They also said prayers for those who perished when Myanmar was ravaged by cyclone Nargis.

    The first group to hand over a memorandum were members of the Burma Ethnic Nationality Joint Force, which is a coalition of seven ethnic groups in Myanmar.

    The second group comprised members of four political parties – the NLD-Liberated Area, the Arakan League for Democracy, Zomi National Congress-Liberated Area and Democratic Party of New Society.

     

     

     

     

     

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    The shadows of demonstrators are seen during a protest against the constitutional referendum outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur May 10, 2008. The military rulers of Myanmar went ahead with a constitutional referendum on Saturday despite calls from the outside world to postpone it after the devastation of Cyclone Nargis. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

    The shadows of demonstrators are seen during a protest against the constitutional referendum outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur May 10, 2008. The military rulers of Myanmar went ahead with a constitutional referendum on Saturday despite calls from the outside world to postpone it after the devastation of Cyclone Nargis.

     

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    Hundreds of activists stage protest in Malaysia against Myanmar referendum

     Myanmar‘s protesters offer prayers during a demonstration outside the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, May 10, 2008. Some 500 activists demonstrated Saturday at the Myanmar Embassy in Malaysia, demanding that Yangon call off its constitutional referendum even as voting began in the military-ruled nation despite a devastating cyclone. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Myanmar’s junta continues with referendum despite millions affected by cyclone

    Myanmar’s junta continues with referendum

    despite millions affected by cyclone

    The Gazette,

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    Aileen McCabe, Asia Correspondent, Canwest News Service

    BANGKOK — As if the junta’s grudging response to Cyclone Nargis isn’t mind boggling enough, Myanmar’s generals diverted manpower from the aid effort Saturday to oversee a referendum on a new constitution.

    A woman casts her ballot at a polling booth during the national constitutional referendum in Hlegu, 48 kilometers north of Yangon, Myanmar, May 10, 2008.The xenophobic regime clearly felt getting the vote out in areas not affected by the cyclone was at least as important as getting clean water, food and shelter to the 1.5 to 2 million of its citizens the United Nations now estimates were “severely affected” by Nargis.

    State media is reporting more than 60,000 people are dead or missing after a cyclone packing winds over 100-kph and a tidal wave 3.5-meters high struck last weekend. The senior US diplomat in the country predicted this week that, given the delays in dispatching aid, the death toll could easily reach 100,000.

    A woman casts her ballot at a polling booth during the national constitutional referendum in Hlegu, 48 kilometers north of Yangon, Myanmar, May 10, 2008. Reuters

    The UN’s Richard Horsey estimated Saturday that aid has only reached about half a million survivors so far. A week after tragedy struck, more than a million more people are still waiting for rescue.

    Myanmar election officials give ballot papers to v...Myanmar cleared two more UN aid flights to land on Saturday and allowed three UN trucks carrying enough tents and material to shelter 10,000 people to cross from Mae Sot, Thailand. Unfortunately, the trucks will take at least two days to reach the country’s largest city, Yangon, formerly Rangoon. And that is still days by road away from the worst hit Irrawaddy Delta area.

    India, which Myanmar considers a friend, also brought in a transport plane full of supplies as well as two shiploads of aid the ruling generals have allowed it to bring in. Thailand, too, delivered one planeload of relief supplies.

    Voting in a nationwide referendum in Hlegu. Myanmar’s junta is voting on a new constitution, ignoring pleas to focus on delivering urgently-needed food supplies to 1.5 million cyclone victims at risk from disease and starvation. (AFP)

    photoIndia and Thailand have both been satisfied with unloading their supplies at the airport and leaving them for the junta to distribute. The UN is balking at accepting this kind of an arrangement and threatened Friday to suspend relief fights when a shipment of its energy biscuits was impounded by the military. It quickly backed down, but it is still trying to negotiate an agreement that will ensure the world community’s aid goes to those who need it most. 

    Humanitarian workers and disaster relief experts are still barred from the country, at least until Myanmar’s embassies re-open on Monday. There is some hope that once the referendum is over the generals might open the borders, but it is small, given the statement issued by the foreign ministry Friday, which bluntly said the country would accept help, but not helpers.

    It means the UN and aid agencies are relying on the small network of local staff they have permanently stationed in Myanmar to do a distribution job it would ordinarily take an army of international workers to achieve.

    Two envoys from Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej also travelled to the former Burma on Saturday, hoping to convince the junta to allow access to foreign relief teams. Samak intended to go himself, but the generals told him they were “too busy” to receive him.

    Meanwhile, the international community is becoming increasingly concerned about the impact the delays are having on the spread of disease in the worst hit areas.

    The World Health Organization issued an assessment saying “outbreaks of communicable diseases such as dengue and malaria are now a big concern.”

    It has 20 teams, including 10 experts in communicable diseases, on standby in Thailand, awaiting permission to go to Myanmar.

    UNICEF, which has managed to get some supplies in with the help of the Thai government, says it is “very concerned about the impact of bad water on the health of children” that have seen left stranded, even orphaned, by the cyclone.

    It said that UNICEF health specialists estimate “20 per cent of children in the worst affected areas already have diarrhea and cases of malaria have also been reported.”

    The few reporters and aid workers who have made it down to the Irrawaddy Delta continue to report heartbreaking scenes of hungry, homeless people who have lost everything and are now forced to wash and draw water from flooded plains where dead bodies are still floating.

    Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Maxim Bernier offered Thursday to send the Disaster Assistance Response Team to the beleaguered nation to provide with humanitarian relief. In calling on the junta to grant visas to more aid workers, Bernier said the referendum should have been pushed back until the worst of the crisis is over.

    “Given the widespread and devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Nargis,” Bernier said, “Canada calls upon the Burmese government to focus on meeting the immediate needs of its people rather than pushing forward with the upcoming referendum on the Constitution.

    “The window of opportunity to save lives and alleviate suffering is rapidly closing. We cannot afford to wait any longer.”

    Saturday’s referendum vote was the first of any kind in Myanmar since 1990, when Aung San Suu Kyi, whom the House of Commons made an honourary citizen of Canada last week, and her National League to Democracy swept to victory in an election the generals refused to honour. The junta leaders claim it will pave the way for democratic reforms, but most observers believe it will actually strengthen the hold of the military, which has ruled the poverty-stricken Southeast Asian nation since 1962.

    In Thailand, Japan and Malaysia Saturday there were small demonstrations protesting the junta’s decision to go ahead with the referendum despite the crisis that is rocking Myanmar.

    Security Council urges inclusive and credible Myanmar referendum, elections

    Security Council urges

    inclusive and credible

    Myanmar referendum, elections

    UN News Service

     

      

     

     

      

     

      2 May 2008 – The Security Council today stressed the need for the upcoming referendum and elections in Myanmar to include the full participation of all political actors and respect for fundamental political freedoms.

    In February authorities in the South-East Asian nation announced that a draft constitution will be put to voters in a national referendum in May, ahead of multi-party elections scheduled for 2010.

    The Council underlined the need for the Government of Myanmar “to establish the conditions and create an atmosphere conducive to an inclusive and credible process,” in a statement read out by Ambassador John Sawers of the United Kingdom, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for May.

    “It further notes the commitment by the Government of Myanmar to ensure that the referendum process will be free and fair,” the statement added.

    The Council also expressed its appreciation for the work of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, who has visited the country three times since last summer’s crackdown by the authorities on peaceful protesters, and is spearheading UN efforts to promote democratization and national reconciliation in Myanmar.

    Mr. Gambari recently stated that it is in Myanmar’s interest to ensure that its upcoming referendum and elections are as credible and inclusive as possible and to engage without delay in dialogue with the detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

    Mr. Sawers later told reporters that although today’s statement does not refer to Ms. Suu Kyi, it does reaffirm previous statements by the Council in which it mentions the need for Myanmar’s authorities to engage in a genuine dialogue with her and all concerned parties.

    Briefing the press on the Council’s work for the month, he noted that the “centrepiece” of the UK presidency will be an open debate on post-conflict peacebuilding, to be chaired by Foreign Secretary David Miliband on 20 May.

    “In the period immediately after peace agreement is achieved, there isn’t sufficient change in the lives of ordinary people, there’s not a re-establishment of security and far too many countries after conflict lapse back into conflict within five years of a peace agreement being reached,” he stated. “That’s partly because the international community does not have the capacity to quickly implement and follow through on peace agreements when they are reached.”

    Mr. Sawers added that Council members will embark on 31 May for a 10-day visit to Africa, with scheduled stops in Kenya, Sudan, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Côte d’Ivoire.

     

    If don’t vote No, we all would be annihilated (Poster in Burmese)

      If don’t vote No, we all would be annihilated

    Appeal to all the Burmese/Myanmar citizens (In Burmese)

    Appeal to all the Burmese/Myanmar citizens

    Posted by Ko Htike 

    ပန္ၾကားခ်က္

    ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအတြင္း မွီတင္း ေနထိုင္ၾကေသာ တိုင္းရင္းသား ျပည္သူလူထုၾကီးႏွင့္တကြ ာနဆိုင္ရာ ၀န္ထမ္းမ်ား၊ ဒီမိုကေရစီ လိုလားေသာ မ်ိဳးခ်စ္စိတ္ရွိသည့္ တပ္မေတာ္သားမ်ား၊ လူမႈေရး အဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ား၊ ရဟန္းသံဃာေတာ္မ်ား၊ ဘာသာေရး အသင္းအဖြဲ႕မ်ား အားလံုးသို႔ ျပည္ပေရာက္ မ်ိဳးခ်စ္ျမန္မာမ်ား (OBP) မွ “ ႏွစ္သစ္ ကူးေျပာင္းရာ အခါသမယတြင္ ေဘးရန္ ကင္းျငိမ္းလွ်က္ ကိုယ္စိတ္ႏွစ္ျဖာ ခ်မ္းသာစြာျဖင့္ ဖြံ႕ျဖိဳးတိုးတက္ေသာ ဒီမိုကေရစီ ႏိုင္ငံသစ္ဆီသို႔ စိတ္တူကိုယ္တူ ေျပာင္းလဲႏိုင္ပါေစ ” ဟု ဆုမြန္ ျပဳအပ္ပါသည္။ ထိုသို႔ ေျပာင္းလဲရန္မွာလည္း မိမိတို႔ အားလံုး၏ တာ၀န္ပင္ ျဖစ္သည္ဟု မွတ္ယူ၍ အားလံုး ပူးေပါင္းပါ၀င္ တိုက္ပြဲ၀င္ၾကပါရန္ ႏွင့္ မၾကာမီ က်င္းပေတာ့မည့္ လူထုဆႏၵခံယူပြဲအတြက္ ေအာက္ပါအတိုင္း အထူး ႏိႈးေဆာ္ ပန္ၾကားအပ္ပါသည္။

    မိမိတို႔၏ ရင္ထဲမွ ဆႏၵအမွန္တရားမ်ားကို လာမည့္ ေမလ (၁၀) ရက္ေန႔တြင္ ျပဳလုပ္က်င္းပမည့္ လူထုဆႏၵခံယူပြဲ၌္ ရဲ၀င့္ ျပတ္သားစြာ ကန္႔ကြက္ ဆႏၵမဲေပး၍ ထုတ္ေဖၚၾကရန္။

    အေၾကာက္တရားမ်ား ဖံုးလႊမ္းေနေသာစိတ၊္ လက္ရွိ ရရွိထားေသာ ရာထူး၊ စည္းစိမ္မ်ား ဆံုး႐ႈံးမည့္ စိုးရိမ္စိတ္ျဖင့္ ေထာက္ခံမဲ (Yes) ေပးရန္ စဥ္းစားေနၾကေသာ တပ္မေတာ္သားမ်ား၊ ာနဆိုင္ရာ ၀န္ထမ္းမ်ား၊ အဖြဲ႕အစည္းေပါင္းစံုမွ လူမ်ိဳးစုမ်ားသည္ သာသနာ့ဥေသွ်ာင္ ပဓာနာေစရ မႏၱေလး မစိုးရိမ္ေက်ာင္းတိုက္ ဆရာေတာ္ၾကီး ဦးေကာ၀ိဒါ ဘိ၀ံသ ေဟာၾကားခ်က္အတိုင္း “ စစ္အစိုးရ ေရးဆြဲေသာ ဥပေဒကို ေထာက္ခံမဲ ထည့္လွ်င္ ထိုစစ္အစိုးရ လြန္က်ဴးခဲ့ေသာ အကုသိုလ္ အျပစ္အတိုင္း ေထာက္ခံမဲ ထည့္သူတိုင္းလည္း ျပန္လည္ အျပစ္ ခံစားရမည္ ” ျဖစ္ျပီး ဗုဒၶဘာသာ၀င္မ်ား မဟုတ္ၾကေတာ့ပဲ မိစၦာဒိ႒ိမ်ား ျဖစ္ၾကမည့္အေရး မိမိကိုမိမိ ဆင္ျခင္ကာ ေထာက္ခံမဲ (Yes) ေပးမည့္အၾကံကို ဖ်က္၍ ကန္႔ကြက္မဲ (No) ေပးရန္ ႏွင့္ လံုး၀ မျဖစ္ႏိုင္ပါက သြားေရာက္ ေထာက္ခံမဲ မေပးၾကရန္။

    မဲေပးမည့္သူအားလံုးသည္ ကန္႔ကြက္မဲ (No) သာလွ်င္ ျဖစ္ေစရန္။

    စစ္အစိုးရ တစ္ဖက္သတ္ ေရးဆြဲထားေသာ ဖြဲ႕စည္းပံု အေျခခံ ဥပေဒ မူၾကမ္းသည္ ျမန္မာျပည္သူ တစ္ရပ္လံုးအား တရား၀င္ စစ္ကၽြန္ (ဖက္ဆစ္ကၽြန္) ျဖစ္ေျမာက္ေရးအတြက္ ေရးဆြဲထားေသာ ဥပေဒျဖစ္၍ အတည္ျပဳျပီးပါက ထိုဥပေဒကို ျပန္လည္ ျပင္ဆင္ရန္မွာ အဂၤလိပ္လက္ေအာက္၊ ဂ်ပန္လက္ေအာက္မွ လြတ္ေျမာက္ရန္ ၾကိဳးစားအားထုတ္မူထက္ ပိုမို ခက္ခဲမည္ ျဖစ္၍ ဤလူထုဆႏၵခံယူပြဲကို ကန္႔ကြက္မဲ (No) ေပးျပီး ဖ်က္ဆီးပစ္ရန္ ေလးနက္စြာ ပန္ၾကားအပ္ပါသည္။

    No ေပးမည့္သူမ်ား ……………. မ်ိဳးခ်စ္ျပည္သူမ်ား

    Yes ေပးမည့္သူမ်ား ……………. မိစၦာဒိထိ ၱ

    No ေပးမည့္သူ ……………. ဒို႔ျပည္သူ

    Yes ေပးမည့္သူ ……………. ဒို႔ရန္သူ

     

     

    NO NO NO by Moustache Brothers

    NO NO NO by Moustache Brothers

    From Irrawaddy online magazine‘s “Suu Kyi’s Party Launches Vote ‘No’ Tour” by WAI MOE

    The well-known comedians, the Moustache Brothers, are conducting a vote “No” campaign in their nightly performances in Mandalay, the second largest city, using a visual gag of crossing their arms over their chests, a tourist told The Irrawaddy.

    “The military junta is doing its utmost to encourage everyone to vote ‘Yes’ on May 10 and endorse the constitution,” says Par Par Lay, one of the Moustache Brothers. “But the Moustache Brothers would like everyone to know that they will vote ‘No’ in the referendum.” 

    Moustache Brothers

    “This is a sham constitution that the junta is trying to force onto us,” he says. “If we vote
    ‘Yes,’ democracy will never come to Burma.”

    Lu Maw - Moustache Brothers

    Par Par Lay and Lu Maw, his fellow comedian, were both imprisoned for seven years during the 1990s. Par Par Lay was jailed again for more than one month during the 2007 civil uprising.

     

    REFERENDUM WOULD BE ILLEGAL If non citizens are allowed to vote

    REFERENDUM WOULD BE ILLEGAL

    If non citizens are allowed to vote

    with Temporary IDs

    Temporary ID for voters living in outskirts of Burma

    Written on 10:34 PM by Ka Daung Nyin Thar

    This ID shows the cruel selfishness of the Myanmar Military dictators.

    They want the people to support them with YES votes.

    But refuses to acknowledge that they are citizens of Myanmar.

    If NON CITIZENS are allowed to vote, SPDC’s referendum is already NULL AND VOID. ILLEGAL!

    BIRD-BRAIN SPDC JUNTA GENERALS!

    If you are not sure that those people are citizens, don’t let them vote.

    After squeezing their support, you want to throw them away or KICK OUT of Myanmar as ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!

    Please take a look at the photo.

    (courtesy of Vimutti blog )

    It is a temporary Identification card for those people living in outskirts of Burma. They are tribal Karen, Chin, Shan, etc who do not pocess Burmese citizenship identification card.

    Now, they can own the temp. card which has validity of only six months only meant to participate during voting process of the draft constiution. After six months, we don’t know the government will issue an actual nationality identification card. Since they participate in the voting process, they should be allowed myanmar citizenship.

    In the card, It is clearly written in Remarks No. (2) :

    With this card, it cannot identify which nationality at all.

    For safety, we have erased the particulars of the owner of the card.

    So, with this sentence, we don’t know what this card is for. If somebody out there understands, please tell us. Do we need to issue temp. card just to participate in voting for the possible vote rigging?

    If possible, please help us carry this new to the news agency.

    With Rgds, 

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