What if the remedy is in fact the ailment? This was the question raised by the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), an international NGO based in the Philippines advocating justice and democracy in military ruled Burma, after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said that the Philippines, along with its Southeast Asian neighbors would pursue its policy of “constructive engagement” with Burma.
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Today, as we Filipinos remember the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines, we also express solidarity with the Burmese and ethnic peoples of Burma who have been under military regimes for 42 years. The military junta in Burma continuous to commit monumental lies infront of the international community. Its promised political reforms have not materialized and human rights continue to be violated, among them rape, forced labor policies, use of child soldiers, child labor, forced relocation and arbitrary arrests and detention of human rights activists. Systematic harassment and brutal persecution are still being used to weaken the opposition.
The EU has always been tagged as the ruling junta’s fiercest critique over the the lack of concrete progress in democracy and the violations of human rights in Burma. The EU has also been vocal in demanding for the release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and in pushing for political reforms in Burma. With this posture, the EU had the respect and adulation of the international community, NGOs and other human rights groups that also advocate genuine peace, justice and restoration of civilian power in Burma. But this changed when the EU leaders recently agreed to rub elbows with Burma’s military rulers at the ASEM table.
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.
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) 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.