The tide of democracy has been risen up again in Burma and the leaders of 88 Generation Students and many more activists have been detained by the military regime of the country following series of protest against the raising of fuel price by the regime that consequently deteriorated a living condition of people. In fact, people are long been experiencing hardships and human rights and democracy have been stripped off for over forty decades since the military regime staged a coup in 1962. The world body knows about this country situation past and present and how the regime seized power from the legitimate government. The UN knows the blood-shed coup in which thousand of students were shot to death. The world body knows that the ruling Burmese Socialist Program Party had to abolish due to demands of its entire members and people of all walks of life. The UN also knows that thousands of students, monks and people had to give their lives in the struggle for abolishing BSPP and to retain Democracy in Burma. But, the regime has refused to handover power to the opposition party NLD that won a landslide victory in the 1990 nationwide elections. The regime not only showed respect to the elections result but also tried to assassinate Aung San Su Kyi, the opposition leader and Nobel laureate at Depayin. Furthermore, the regime places the leader under house arrest now and then, harassed and hindered all the political functions of NLD and prohibit hitherto to open NLD offices in the country. When the US put Burma crisis on the UN agenda and urged UNSC to take action on the regime China and Russia had blocked the effort of the States with their veto powers. Burma is formed with 55 millions of people and if the ruler represents this people the government must look after the interest of the people. So if the ruler is seeking for their own benefit it is clear that it is not a genuine government but none other than a gang of thugs. It is understood that when a government misrule the country and cannot proved that it really represent people to rule a country such government must be removed. If they are refusing to step down they must be removed by the world body after giving an ultimatum to the unlawful government. Let’s ask a question. To whom the UN will respect?. The super powers who misuse veto power or people of Burma who have been suffered for over 40 years? The world body has formed with the agreement to see to the matter of member countries in need of help. Will the world body waits until the military rules the country generation after generation, while people serve as their slaves, as long as they rule or helping out the long suffered people by removing the self-claim government or the government that is not elected by the people? There is no member country in the world body that rules against the will of people for more than four decades. If the UN could not remove the wicked government that is systematically killing its own people it means that the world body recommends such kind of government. Will UN waits for financial assistance from here and there to give relief aids to refugees and displaced people created by the bad governments and dictators or assert efforts in bringing out a perfect resolution to get rid of unwanted governments within the member countries? Burma's problem can be easily solved if the veto powers are not allowed to use by the super powers . To stop more killings, rapes, misruling and corruption by a government that is not elected by the people the UN must reconsider the authorizing of veto power to super powers or reform its organization and policy -- the policy that approves only a legitimate government is allowed to rule a country.

Open Letter to Ma Than Shwe

Dear Ma Sandar,

You have mentioned in your commentary (DVB's Let's Talk) thatthe people of Burma understand well that we can not throw away the junta at all – furthermore this must not be our goal either- we must not even down-look our military at all, instead we must transform it very slowly”.

Well, I won’t agree with you if you said so. Because Burma has an estimated population of 55 millions and if the people love the junta there will only be one per cent of the entire population of the country. That two per cent for sure is a handful of well-off persons and their families who are colloborating with the Generals so as to accumulate their wealth and another handful of people is close relatives of the Generals and members of USDA. Ninety-nine per cent of people are suffering a lot due to the dictatorial ruling in our country. Will these people support or love the mily. regime? Think it logically. Sound really bad when you said “not to even look down our military”. This remind me of Aung Gyi ( We called him Samoosa Aung Gyi ) who slipped his tongue during 8888 by saying “don’t ever get wrong (even by thought) with the Army”. Finally, what he becomes? Did you remember? And don’t you easily say that “we must transform the Army very slowly”. How can you transform a building that have been eaten by white ants for many a year? Are you going to destroy it or are you renovate by coating the structures with grease oil or whatever? What you said are ridiculous. You know. But you are lying to yourself. You want to hide the truth. I do not know why you have to do this. Who will accept and support the notorious Army that has been corrupted for many years? Instead of serving the people the Army members and the top brass are seeking their own benefit hitherto and above all the regime is commiting genocide. So many Karen national have been displaced. Many ethnics women have been raped by the Army members, while the top brass are having juicy time with some celebrities in the country. To get rid of the mily. junta is a primary goal of majority people who love peace and democracy. You must keep this in your mind now and forever, Ma Sandar (or) Ma Than Shwe. If you really love your country.

Maung Maung Kyaw Win, U.S.A.

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First, through a concerted, non-violent protest by all citizens of the country at home and international fora. If it is responded by repression and harsher measures, then, through an armed revolution. Such moves are sure to be supported by all democratic and peace loving countries of the world. (modest)

(The question for above answer was asked by Min Myo Naing using another name in June of 2006.)


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An exiled journalist from Burma, I have taken refuge in the United States with my family thanks to CPJ in New York, UNHCR (Cambodia) and the States Department. I was detained for one and a half year in 1969 for burning effigy of the late dictator Ne Win in the Rangoon University campus during SEA Games Strike. I was also actively participated in 8888 nationwide uprising by taking charge in publishing The Guardian Daily as independent newspaper for 22 days before I resigned from the newspaper as Assistant Editor in September,1988. Fortunately, I was escaped from arresting by the military regime. In 1990, I left for Bangkok where I had an assignment to translate the "Outrage: Burma's Struggle for Democracy". The book was originally written by Bertil Lintner, a Swedish journalist. I fled my country in December 2005 after my life was threatened by the military intelligence service for involving in political movements and had given assistance to foreign journalists who came to Burma. I am still active with the movement for restoring democracy in Burma.