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Statement of Civil Society Organizations on the Union Peace Convention to be held on 12th January 2016

By 126 Civil Society Organizations  •  January 5, 2016

1. Adoption of the framework for political dialogue on 16th December 2015 and announcement of the convening date for Union Peace Convention on 12th January 2016 is an act of negligence and disregard of the ongoing armed conflicts occurring in Northern Shan State and Kachin State.

2. We are seriously concerned that trying to hold political dialogue while a just, genuine and sustainable nationwide ceasefire has not been implemented and in the absence of all ethnic armed forces will bring more harm than benefit.

3. Ceasefire agreements which were revived and signed at various levels since 2011 have, in effect, been hollow and insincere; a failure which has generated tens of thousands of innocent people driven into the status of internally displaced persons and refugees.

4. Moreover, while all ethnic armed revolutionary organizations had initially agreed to and jointly participated in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement process(es), it is imperative to identify as well as analyze the factors and conditions that prevented their final signing on to the text.

5. Only by striving to tackle the said conditions can mutual respect and trust be raised, and lead to political negotiations without misgivings. In addition, only then will the conduct of political dialogue become truly supportive towards the establishment of democratic federal union.

6.Furthermore, we are of the position that changing the concept of political dialogue based on a tripartite representation as outlined in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement into that of a pentagonal representation has the potential to weaken the focus on developing a federal union based on democracy and ethnic equality, which are central to Burma’s political problem.

7. Therefore, at a time when a sustained ceasefire that is inclusive of all ethnic armed revolutionary forces is yet to materialize, we, the below-signed civil society organizations, call for the postponement of political dialogues, serious reconsideration of the representation quotas and voting quorums for political negotiations, and the inclusion of suggestions and views of those ethnic armed organizations which have not yet signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.

Signed by:

  1. All Arakan Students and Youth Congress
  2. Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma
  3. All Kachin Youth Union
  4. Backpack Health Workers Team
  5. Burma Medical Association
  6. Burma Partnership
  7. Burmese Women’s Union
  8. Human Rights Foundation of Monland
  9. Karen Human Rights Group
  10. Karen Students Network Group
  11. Karen Women’s Organization
  12. Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN)
  13. Kachin Women’s Association – Thailand
  14. Lahu Women’s Organization
  15. Mae Tao Clinic
  16. Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma
  17. Network for Democracy and Development
  18. Palaung Women’s Organization
  19. Students and Youth Congress of Burma
  20. Tavoyan Women’s Union
  21. Tavoyan Youth Organization
  22. Women’s League of Burma
  23. Yaung Chi Oo Migrnat Workers’ Association
  24. Action Committee for Democracy and Development
  25. Women’s Organization Network (WON)
  26. Union of Karenni State Youth
  27. Kachin Peace Network
  28. Kachin Women’s Peace Network
  29. Civil Authorize Negotiate Organization (C.A.N –Org)
  30. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – Myanmar (PFLAG- Myanmar)
  31. Kuki Women’s Human Rights Organization
  32. Youth for Peace Makers
  33. Co-exist
  34. Shan Youth Yangon (SYY)
  35. N” Centre for Education and Research Development (NCERD)
  36. Kachin Canadian Association
  37. BRIDGE
  38. Generation Tree
  39. Civil Society Network for Peace – Kachin
  40. Green Network Sustainable Environment Group
  41. Hands of Unity Group
  42. Magway EITI Watch Group
  43. ME – Community Development Center
  44. Organic Agro and Farmer Affair Development Group
  45. Green Future
  46. Farmer Union (Magway Region)
  47. Shwe Yae Nanthar Labour Union
  48. Chinland Natural Resources Watch Group
  49. Mwetaung Area Development Group
  50. Our Future Initiative
  51. Ayeyawady West Development Organization
  52. Kun Gyan Gone Network
  53. Community Response Group
  54. Kachin State Women Network – KSWN
  55. Htoi Gender and Development Foundation
  56. Kachin State Women Peace Group
  57. Shwe Chan Myay Network
  58. Myanmar China Pipeline Watch Committee
  59. Myanmar Alliance for Transparence and Accountability (Mandalay Working Group)
  60. Eain Da (Green Rights Organization) Shan State
  61. Khu Po Kapaw
  62. Kachin Refugee Committee – Malaysia
  63. Shan Women Development Network (SWDN – Waimaw)
  64. Kachin Women Association – KWA
  65. Kanbawza Health Kindness Association (Mogaung)
  66. Loiyang Bum Development Group
  67. Myusha Social Development Network (Kamaing)
  68. Community Work for Kachin
  69. Young Kachin Writers’ Club (USA)
  70. Kachin Youth Organization
  71. Kachin National Youth Organization
  72. Ethnic Youth Network
  73. Free Thinkers
  74. Upper Myanmar Lawyers Network
  75. Mandalay Peacekeeping Committee
  76. ABCD
  77. 88 – Rakine Generation Students Democratic Organization
  78. 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (Myeik)
  79. Diverse Youth Art Platform
  80. Kachin Development Group (KDG)
  81. The Seagull: Human Rights, Peace and Development
  82. All Burma Federation of Student Unions
  83. Genuine People’s Servants (GPS)
  84. Pa-O Youth Organization
  85. Metta Development Foundation
  86. National Network for Education Reform – NNER
  87. Youth Development Network
  88. Pace on Peaceful Pluralism
  89. Network for Social Development and Peace (Paung)
  90. Mon Young Monks Network (MYMN)
  91. Shan Youth Organization Pinlaung
  92. Shan Youth Organization Taunggyi
  93. Southern Shan State Youth Network
  94. Shwe Gas Movement
  95. Social Program Aid for Civil Education (SPACE) အဖဲြ႔
  96. Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization (TSYO)
  97. DEMO အဖဲြ႔
  98. Equality Myanmar
  99. Human Rights Educators Network
  100. National Youth Congress
  101. Youth Initiative Human Rights
  102. Myanmar Lawyers Network
  103. အလင္းေစတမာန္စာၾကည့္တုိက္
  104. အလင္းပ်ိဳးခင္းစာၾကည့္တုိက္
  105. လြတ္လပ္ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းပန္းရဲ႕လမ္း လူမႈကြန္ရက္
  106. ျပည္သူ႔လႈပ္ရွားမႈျမွင့္တင္ေရးကြန္ရက္ (MMAN)
  107. စစ္ေတာင္းသံစဥ္လူမႈကြန္ယက္
  108. လြတ္လပ္ေသာအရႈိခ်င္းမ်ားအင္အားစု (မေကြးတုိင္း ၊ ငဖဲ)
  109. ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးႏွင့္ ပြင့္လင္းလူ႔အဖဲြ႔အစည္း (ေက်ာက္ဆည္)
  110. တြံေတးလူငယ္ကြန္ယက္
  111. စိမ္းေရာင္စုိ (တံတားဦး)
  112. လူငယ္ဆရာ၀န္မ်ားကြန္ယက္ (ၿမိတ္ခရုိင္)
  113. ဘာသာေပါင္းစုံညီညြတ္ေရးအဖဲြ႔ (ျပင္ဦးလြင္)
  114. စိမ္းလန္းျပင္ဦးလြင္
  115. ဟူးဖုိးကေပၚအဖဲြ႔အစည္း
  116. ယုံၾကည္ရာ အသိပညာျပန္႔ပြားေရးအသင္း
  117. ကေလးခ်စ္သူမ်ားကြန္ယက္
  118. ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္လုံးဆုိင္ရာ ေက်ာင္းသားသမဂၢ
  119. ၀ံလက္ ေဒသဖြ႔ံျဖိဳးေရးေဖာင္ေဒးရွင္း (ရခုိင္ျပည္)
  120. All Arakan Civil Society Organizations Partnership
  121. Paung Ku
  122. Yaung Chi Thit
  123. ေရႊ ၿခံ ေျမ ကြန္ယက္
  124. ကြမ္းၿခံကုန္းကြန္ယက္
  125. AWDO ျမစ္အေနာက္ဘက္အရပ္ဘက္အဖဲြ႔အစည္း (မေကြးတိုင္း၊ မင္းဘူး)
  126. Myanmar People’s Alliance

Individual Activists:

  1. May Thet Kyaw
  2. Thinzar Tun
  3. Eait Htoo
  4. Theik Soe Aung
  5. Kyaw Zin Ko Ko
  6. Win Htut Win
  7. Aung Myo Myint Myat
  8. Aung Naing Aye
  9. Ko Moe Lwin (Middle Shan)
  10. ဆလုိင္းဟာလင္းကီး – မင္းတပ္
  11. နန္႔ေအးျမတ္မြန္

Media Contact Persons:

  1. Soe Soe Nwe (Women League of Burma),+95 94500 29082
  2. Thwin Lin Aung (Genuine People’s Servants GPS),+95 92507 95915
  3. Ko Moe (Myanmar People’s Alliance) ,+95 95228446
  4. Khin Ohmar (Burma Partnership),+66 818840772
  5. Kyaw Htin Aung (Union of Karenni State Youth),+95 925 089080

Download the statement in English here.

သေဘာထားေၾကညာခ်က္ ျမန္မာဘာသာကိုဤေနရာတြင္ ေဒါင္းလုပ္ရယူႏိုင္ပါသည္။

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