To make meaningful the celebration of the 59th birthday today (June 19) of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the Burmese major political party National League for Democracy (NLD), the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), a regional NGO based in the Philippines, has urged the Philippine government and the other ASEAN governments to denounce the military regime in Burma for the continued detention of Suu Kyi and thousands of other political detainees.
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The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), a Philippine-based NGO advocating genuine democracy and restoration of peace and justice in Burma today asked Ambassador Lauro L. Baja Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to include Burma in the council’s agenda for the month of June. IID Executive Director Augusto Miclat said, “The presidency of the most powerful organ of the UN is an influential position. This is the reason why Burma observers here in the Philippines are pressing Ambassador Baja and other Philippine officials to include Burma in its priority agenda.”
The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), today challenged the Philippine government and ASEAN members to emulate Indonesia, which criticized Burma’s decision to begin its charter talks last week despite the absence of the major Burmese opposition party, the National League of Democracy (NLD). IID Executive Director Augusto Miclat said, “As a senior ASEAN member, the Philippine government must express its utmost concern over the undemocratic and unrepresentative national convention in Burma.”
The Fifth Asia-Pacific conference on East Timor (APCET 5) held in Dili, Timor Leste, resolves that the effective prosecution of the crimes against the people of the East Timor must be ensured through the creation of an appropriate tribunal of the United Nations. APCET 5 also enjoins the office of the Secretary General of the United Nations to take all necessary actions to ensure the expeditious establishment of this tribunal.
The Fifth Conference of the Asia Pacific Coalition for East Timor (APCET 5) held in Dili from 16 – 19 May 2004, affirms the success of APCET in: bringing organizations from all over the region together to work in solidarity for the continuing liberation of the people of Timor Leste; developing a spirit of cooperation which contributed to the eventual ending of the Indonesian occupation of Timor Leste and creating an atmosphere in which the struggles of the past can be used to inspire others.
The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) is a Philippines-based advocacy institution promoting human security, democratization and people-to-people solidarity.
IID conducts policy advocacy and campaign programs on Burma, Mindanao, Southern Thailand, West Papua, and East Timor.