Key UN committee condemns Myanmar's rights record, urges release of 2,100 political prisoners

By: The Associated Press

Posted: 18/11/2010 1:58 PM

A key U.N. committee is strongly condemning human rights violations in Myanmar and calling for the release of some 2,100 political prisoners.

The General Assembly's human rights committee expressed deep regret that Myanmar's military junta did not take steps to ensure that the recent election was free, fair and transparent.

It called on Myanmar's new government to take "immediate measures" to start serious talks with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other concerned parties, civic organizations and ethnic groups.

The committee voted 96-28 with 60 abstentions on Thursday to approve a resolution condeming Myanmar's rights record. The resolution must now be approved at a plenary meeting of the 192-member world body where its adoption is virtually certain.





Discours de ASSK - 14 Novembre 2010

• “I will continue participating in a political movement, whether the National League for Democracy party exists or is disbanded.”
• “I am willing to talk with Snr-Gen Than Shwe.”
• “It will be very good if I can discuss with him [Than Shwe] the issues I care about.”
• “Ethnic conflict should be solved peacefully, not by military means.”
• “The NLD is not a social welfare organization and it will remain a political organization.”
• “I don’t like either the new national flag or the previous flag.”
• “A second Panglong Conference addressing the concerns of the 21st century is needed for national reconciliation.”
• “I will get involved in politics by joining with the people.”
• “I will cooperate with all democracy forces.”
• “I’m still youthful because of the demands of the cause. After we gain democracy, I will stay as an old lady.”
• “I am a Burmese citizen and my security depends on the leaders of the nation.”

  • Highlights of Aung San Suu Kyi's Speech:

    —“I will continue my efforts to bring about national reconciliation, and I need the support of our people,” said Suu Kyi.
    —“I've always believed in national reconciliation. I believe in human rights and the rule of law,” said Suu Kyi.
    —"I have no grudge against my captors," said Suu Kyi.
    —“Democracy is a system which allows the majority of people to guide a small group of people in power,” Suu Kyi said.
    —“If we want something, we must dare to do it, have the capacity to do it, and we have to be efficient in doing it,” said Suu Kyi.
    —“If we use our strength in the right way, nobody can break it,” said Suu Kyi.
    —“Politics is important for all people. Don't consider it's not your affair,” said Suu Kyi.
    —“Courage means to work for what you believe with perseverance and to be strong and to have good will. It's not courageous to use one's physical strength and to shout loudly,” said Suu Kyi.
    —Suu Kyi said she will work with all the people, including democratic forces, to achieve national reconciliation. “I have no intention of going my own way,” she said.
    —Suu Kyi avoided the sensitive topic of election vote fraud in her first public speech.



    Vers le communiqué d'Actions Birmanie :

    AB_ASSK release_20101113.pdf


    Declaration du Réseau européen sur la Birmanie sur les élections du 7 Novembre

    EBN Election Statement_5nov10.pdf