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Baja Asked to Include Burma in UN Security Council Agenda

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.”

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IID commends Indonesia’s stand on Burma, challenges RP gov’t, ASEAN to do the same

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.”

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Burma Government’s denial of NLD’s demands would make the Nat’l Convention undemocratic & incredible

The ongoing constitutional convention which started only last Monday (April 17, 2004) in Burma is not a roadmap to democracy but a “roadmap to another surefire disaster for the peoples of Burma.” There might be no other statements that could stand truer than this after the ruling State Peace and Development Council, the junta government of Burma, refused to grant the demands of the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) that include the immediate release of democracy icon and NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi and party vice chairman Tin Oo and its failure to adopt significant reforms to the rules and procedures of convention.

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APCET 5 Conference Statement

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.

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Burma’s Women Are Symbols of International Women’s Struggle

As we commemorate International Women’s Day today and remember the sacrifices and struggles of women the world over to attain equality and respect, we must not forget the struggle of Burma and the woman who has become an international symbol of heroic and peaceful resistance in the face of oppression.Women the world over are free to go out and celebrate this day, but Aung San Suu Kyi, the leading Burmese democratic opposition leader, remains under house arrest.

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