A call to probe junta’s crimes against humanity

Members of the Free Burma Coalition Philippines hold posters and picture of Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest in front of the Myanmar embassy in Makati’s financial district of Manila September 24, 2010. The protesters joined in the international commemoration of the third anniversary of the Saffron Revolution in Myanmar, the 2007 protests during which barefoot, shaven-headed monks shielded and led civilians to march against rising fuel prices which snowballed into the biggest challenge to military rule since a 1988 uprising. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Members of the Free Burma Coalition Philippines hold posters and picture of Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest in front of the Myanmar embassy in Makati’s financial district of Manila September 24, 2010. The protesters joined in the international commemoration of the third anniversary of the Saffron Revolution in Myanmar, the 2007 protests during which barefoot, shaven-headed monks shielded and led civilians to march against rising fuel prices which snowballed into the biggest challenge to military rule since a 1988 uprising. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

On the 3rd Anniversary of Burma’s Saffron Revolution:

Activists say “ there’s blood in the ballot”; reiterate call to probe junta’s crimes against humanity

Philippines — About a hundred of Filipino solidarity activists under the Free Burma Coalition – Philippines (FBC-Phils) today joined the international commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of the historic Saffron Revolution in Burma where thousands of peaceful demonstrators led by Buddhist monks, nuns, students and ordinary citizens took to the streets of Rangoon and provincial centers as they demanded social, economic and political changes to the Burmese military junta.

It will be remembered that the whole world witnessed on Sept 26, 2007 the brutal, repressive and undemocratic nature of the Burmese military regime as the army opened fire into the protesting monks and civilians.

Egoy Bans, FBC-Phils spokeperson said, “It was a massacre committed in broad day light. Sept 26 was the day of infamy—the day when the military regime slapped the world on its face by telling us that tyranny is a good substitute to democracy.”

He added, “three years have passed but there was no indication that the military regime learned a lesson. Political persecution is everywhere in Burma until today and poverty and hunger are still rampant.”

FBC-Phils reiterated its demand for the creation of the UN Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to crimes against humanity in Burma. Members of the group during the rally paraded some cases of human rights abuses committed by the Burmese junta with the names of the victims.

“It is important to note that since the Saffron revolution the number of political prisoners has increased from approximately 1,150 to nearly the double, more than 2,100. The junta generals must be held accountable for the well-documented crimes against humanity that include rape, torture, forced labour, arbitrary killings among others,“ Bans explained.

THERE’s BLOOD IN THE BALLOT:

“While the peoples of Burma are struggling for their daily survival, the junta is too preoccupied thinking about its survival in power. Instead of addressing the issues of human rights and poverty alleviation, the regime is excessively concerned on how it could get legitimacy via the election. At this early, indeed, there’s blood in the ballot, “ Bans said.

Present during the rally were the Amnesty International (AI), Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), Asian Bridge, Sanlakas, and other individual supporters.

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