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Burma Centre Delhi Calls on India to Raise Human Rights Issues During Burma’s Parliamentary Delegation’s Visit to India

By Burma Centre Delhi  •  December 13, 2011

Burma Centre Delhi welcomes the Government of India’s goodwill invitation to Burma’s Parliamentary Delegation to India from 11 to 17 December 2011. The high level Parliamentary delegation is led by Thura U. Shwe Mann, Speaker of the Lower House of the Myanmar Parliament. During their week-long visit, the Burmese delegation will study the Indian model of democracy and interact with Indian Parliamentarians and other important figures in New Delhi. The delegation is also scheduled to visit places of economic, cultural and historic importance in New Delhi and Mumbai.

The visit of Burma’s Parliamentary delegation is a follow up of the State visit of President U. Thein Sein to India in October this year after the formation of his new government in Burma.

Although recent reforms including convention of new Parliament, amendments of Political Party Registration and Election Laws, relaxation of media restrictions and the passage of a bill permitting peaceful protests are being initiated by Thein Sein’s  new government, the people of Burma continue to suffer serious human rights abuses on a daily basis.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that Indian Parliamentarians should take the opportunity to raise these serious human rights issues during Burma’s parliamentary delegation’s visit to India and push forward to take the following actions:

  • Immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners;
  • Declaration of a nationwide ceasefire with ethnic armed groups and cease attacks on ethnic communities; and
  • Pass legislation to ensure that the NHRC operates independently and with a broad-based mandate to investigate violations of fundamental human rights.

Burma Centre Delhi
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Email: office@burmacentredelhi.org

Media Contact: Dr. Alana Golmei (9968291645), Dr. Tint Swe (9810003286)

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