June 2003 Statement by Burma Watch International on the current political crisis
Burma's democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, along with 19
colleagues, was arrested by military
authorities on Friday May 30, 2003 during a tour of northern
Burma Watch International strongly condemns these violent attacks
by Burma's military regime against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other
leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD).
We firmly believe that the NLD party has a full mandate from the
people of Burma and that the NLD should be able to carry out any
political activity anywhere in Burma.
We consider these violent developments on May 30th, 2003, as an
attempt to assassinate the NLD leaders -- an action that we view
as being an insult to democratic forces all over the world.
The military regime's actions on the NLD have once again proven
that the generals are not serious about a peaceful national
Therefore, Burma Watch International is calling on the military
regime in Burma to:
 Release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other NLD leaders and
supporters immediately and unconditionally.
 Bring all the persons responsible for these violent attacks
 Reopen the NLD headquarters and all other party offices in
 Release all political prisoners who have been unjustly
 Honor the results of 1990 General Elections.
Burma Watch International is also calling on the Government of
 Impose full sanctions on investment in Burma
 Suspend all ongoing and planned aid programs to Burma
 Actively work with the international community to
immediately find a multi-lateral solution to resolve the
situation in Burma.
Please write to your local MP and to Foreign Affairs Minister
Pierre S. Pettigrew to urge the Canadian government to act immediately to
help resolve the desperate situation in Burma.
Write, fax, or email your comments to Pierre Pettigrew at:
The Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew
Minister of Foreign Affairs
House of Commons
K1A 0A6 (no postage required)
Telephone: 613-995-1851 (Ministerial Office)
Fax: 613-996-3443 (Ministerial Office)
email@example.com (Ministerial Office)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Parliamentary Office)
Burma Watch International is planning a protest in Edmonton. The date
and time will be announced ASAP.
For more information please contact:
Vice President of Burma Watch International
[contact information at the end of this web page]
Note that this statement has been modified since it was originall published to
change the Minister of Foreign Affairs from Bill Graham to Pierre S. Pettigrew.