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Support for the NLD’s Decision to not Register Under Unjust Laws

By Burma Partnership  •  March 30, 2010

Yesterday, the National League for Democracy (NLD) decided that it would not register as a political party under the junta’s unjust laws and flawed constitution. One hundred and thirteen Central Committee members from across Burma took the decision unanimously. NLD Spokesperson, U Nyan Win said:

“We have adopted this historic decision not for the continued existence of our party but for the continued pursuit of political goal of the party.”

According to the election laws, the NLD now stands to be abolished by the SPDC. However, U Win Tin, member of the Central Executive Committee and co-founder of the NLD, stated:

“Still, the NLD will not disappear. We will be among the people, with the people. We will continue to fight for democracy, human rights and equality among all ethnic nationalities, by peaceful means.”

Today, the leading Ten Alliances of the democracy and ethnic rights movement announced their support for the NLD’s decision, one that shows the party is “standing with the desires of the people,” rather than bowing to the regime. The All Burma Monks’ Alliance, 88 Generation Students and the All Burma Federation of Student Unions echoed the same message, and called on the people of Burma to support the NLD.

The US State Department responded that it “respects” the NLD’s decision, but said it is “a reflection of the unwillingness of the government to take necessary steps to open up the political process and engage in serious dialogue with key figures.” Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister said that the elections cannot be considered free or fair if the NLD is not involved. France said that since the junta had not engaged in dialogue with the opposition, the NLD had little choice other than to refuse to register.

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