News
 International
   Global Views
   Asia-Pacific
   America
   Europe
   Middle East & Africa
 National
 Embassy News
 Arts & Living
 Business
 Travel & Hotel
 Medical Tourism New
 Taekwondo
 Media
 Letters to Editor
 Photo Gallery
 Cartoons/Comics/Humor
 News Media Link
 TV Schedule Link
 News English
 Life
 Hospitals & Clinics
 Flea Market
 Moving & Packaging
 Religious Service
 Korean Classes
 Korean Weather
 Housing
 Real Estate
 Home Stay
 Room Mate
 Job
 English Teaching
 Translation/Writing
 Job Offered/Wanted
 Business
 Hotel Lounge
 Foreign Exchanges
 Korean Stock
 Business Center
 PR & Ads
 Entertainment
 Arts & Performances
 Restaurants & Bars
 Tour & Travel
 Shopping Guide
 Community
 Foreign Missions
 Community Groups
 PenPal/Friendship
 Volunteers
 Foreign Workers
 Useful Services
 ST Banner Exchange
  Asia-Pacific
'Suspend Burma from BIMSTEC'
By Nava Thakuria
Special Correspondent
BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)

The BIMSTEC leadership faced the heat of anger from the pro-democracy activists in India, when the advocacy groups urged the forum to review the membership of Burma. During the 2nd BIMSTEC summit held in New Delhi, the activists for democracy even demanded the suspension of the Burmese military junta from the prestigious forum until peace, justice, human rights and democracy is restored in Burma (Myanmar).

Moreover, they insisted on putting pressure on the military rulers of Burma for immediate release of all political prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a memorandum submitted to the members and leaders of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) on November 13, the Burma Centre Delhi, a pro-democracy forum for the Burmese cause, expressed anger that the forum largely ignored the issue of gross human rights violations by the military regime of Burma known as the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). It revealed that the Senior General Than Shwe led SPDC has been identified as one of the worst human rights violator in the world.

The 2nd BIMSTEC summit, which was hosted by India, was attended by the Burmese prime minister General Thein Sein, Thailand prime minister Somchal Wangsawat, Nepal prime minister Pushpa Kumar Dahal, Bhutan prime minister Jigmi V. Thinley, Sri Lankan president Mahindra Rajapaksa, Bangladesh care taker government head Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed and the Indian prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh. Mentionable that, the first BIMSTEC Summit took place in the Thai capital, Bangkok in July 2004.

Addressed to the Chairman of BIMSTEC, Pranab Mukherjee, who is the foreign minister of India, the memorandum highlighted the after affects of the tropical cyclone Nargis that devastated Burma few months back. It claimed that the Burma's military regime had converted 'a natural disaster to man-made tragedy by refusing the entry of international aid' for the millions of Burmese cyclone victims.

Nargis struck on southern Burma in last May killing nearly 85, 000 people and wounding over 20, 000. The United Nations estimates that it affected 2.4 million people. At the same time, over 3,00,000 water buffaloes and cows died in Irrawaddy delta and Yangon localities. But the response to the disaster by its own rulers was simply shocking.

First, the rulers couldn't provide immediate relief to the victims and secondly, they tried to prevent (and restrict) the international aid for their very own people, who were in desperate need of food, medicine and shelter.

The memorandum, the copy of which was sent to the Embassies of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Srilanka and Thailand in New Delhi, reiterated that the BIMSTEC was formed with the aims and purposes of creating an enabling environment for rapid economic development, poverty alleviation and counter-terrorism and accelerate social progress in the region, and the forum emerges as a positive symbol toward regional stability of peace and development.

It asserted that 'while the BIMSTEC official level meeting started on November 11 in New Delhi, the SPDC had sentenced 14 leading Burmese democracy activists' there. Those activists participated in the Saffron movement during September/October 2007 in Burma for which they have been sent to jails up to 65 years of imprisonment. This is an undeniable prove that SPDC ignored the basic human rights called by United Nations and International community, it said.

"We strongly believe that under the banner of regional cooperation for development of economic and social sectors prior to promotion of peace, human rights and democracy in the region is lack of any moral or ethical considerations which could even lead from bad to worst for instance in the case of Burma, where it has become a routine that innocent people are torture, arrested and killed. People were killed when they asked their wages for labours or when they try to exercise freedom of speech and movement etc…," added in the memorandum, which was forwarded by Dr. Alana Golmei, the coordinator of Burma Centre Delhi.

Speaking to this writer, Dr. Golmei also informed that they had appealed New Delhi to take initiatives for appropriate actions against the Burmese junta. Being the largest democracy in the globe, India should play an important role in restoring democracy in its neighboring country and also releasing the Nobel laureate, Suu Kyi as early as possible, Dr. Golmei concluded.



Related Articles
    Amidst Chinese Threat Dalai Lama Concludes ...
    Asserting Media Person’s Rights in India
    China’s Myanmar Bonanza Sans Responsibility
    Manufacturing Misguided Protests in Assam
    Assam Forum Bats for Work Permits to ...
    Bhupen-da Came alive with Dhola-Sadiya Bridge ...
    Remembering My Principal Sir!
    Saluting Tricolour to Defy Militants’ Diktat ...
    Underlining India’s Productive Engagement in ...
    Young Journalist Killed in India, ...
    Unpaid Media Employees of Northeast India
    Journalist Body Urges Political Parties to ...
    Saving the Tigers from Extinction
    Glorious Tribute to Bhupenda
    Burmese Students Term New Government Bogus
    Burma Turns Hostile to Indian Separatist Groups
    Northeast India Rediscovers Tricolour
    Indian People’s Win Inspires Burmese Activists
    Nobel Support for a Noble Cause
    Activists Condemn India’s Arm Deal with Burma
    Protest Note from Guwahati Press Club
    Journalists’ Killings: Justice Eludes in ...
    Games Gogoi Played In Assam Polls
    Remembering Parag: Assam’s Way
    Helicopter Missing from Northeast Indian Sky
    Allegations Poured on Indian Premier
    Allegations Fired at Indian Premier
    Rising Resentment against Corruption in India
    Satellite News Channel Launched in Northeast ...
    Looking at Burma's Forthcoming General ...
    Burma Election, Refugees and Media’s Role
    When British Newspaper Tenders Apology to ...
    TST Contributor Honored with Excellence Award
    Burning Rhino Horns: Creating Controversy
    Condemning Military Election in Burma
    Protest against Military Election in Burma
    Burmese Demonstrates Anger against Junta
    Assam: A Pretending Warrior and Peace ...
    South-eastern Bangladesh Erupts in Violence
    Grim Picture of Human Rights in India
    Burma on Radar as New Delhi Prepares for ...
    Assam: Where People Defy Militant's Diktat
    Bangladesh Readies to Hang Bangabandhu Killers
    International Film Festival Begins in Guwahati
    RK Pachauri under Attack from British Media
    Selling News Space Culture in India: Concerns ...
    Asian MPs Insist on a Free & Fair 2010 Burma ...
    Guwahati Festival to Highlight Terrorism
    Assam: Brutal Armed Group, Incompetent ...
    Without Suu Kyi, 2010 Polls Have No Meaning
    Beijing Eyes Northeast India !
    Bumpy Road to Copenhagen
    Nava Thakuria Elected Assistant Gen. Sec. of ...
    Northeast India: People Defy Militant’s ...
    Northeast India: Waiting for Justice for 18 ...
    Northeast India : Where Protector Turns Killer
    Raising Support for Democracy in Burma
    Indian Muslims Raise Voices for Uighurs
    Will Captive Breeding of Vultures Work?
    Northeast India: Trailing a Notorious Rebel
    Is Burma Junta Learning from Cyclone Nargis!
    Is a Nepali Fugitive Winning Indian Election?
    When Politician Uses Scribe for Vested Interest
    Assam Editor Killing: Protest Continues
    Freedom under Chinese Boot in Tibet
    Pride and Poverty: India's Amazing Blending
    Sri Lankan Crisis: Shelling on Hospital ...
    Northeast India Defies Militant's Diktat:
    Woman Journalist Killed in Nepal
    Urging for Insurance Coverage to Media Persons
    Bangladesh: Waiting for a Stable Democratic ...
    ULFA Leader Appeals UNHCR for Political Asylum
    Assam Mourns Death of Mumbai Terror Attack
    When an Assamese Magazine Rejects ...
    Bangladesh Polls: Apprehension on Final Outcome
    Manipur Asks for CBI Probe into Scribe's ...
    Scribe's Killing in Northeast: Demand for ...
    Guwahati Citizens Meet to Discuss Terrorism
    Group Clashes Shock Northeast India
    When Media Distorts Facts to Manufacture News
    Where Editors Swindle Reporters
    Calling upon Comprehensive Packages for ...
    Highlighting Media's Challenge and ...
    Media on Media' Glitch: An Exercise of ...
    An Ignited Assam Baffles ULFA
    Assam Defies Militant's Diktat to Celebrate ...
    Journalists Dare to Defy Militants' Diktat
    When Bangladeshi Influx Ignites Assam
    Nepal Can Expect a Consensus of Government Soon
    Victorious Maoists Lose Battle for Kathmandu
    India: Assam Party Waits for an Opportunity
    Burma after Nargis: Devastated, Depressed and ...
    When a Disastrous Regime Continues
    Exposing Corrupt Journalists of Our Time
    Nepal Waits a Republic Regime: Diasporas Don't ...
    Waiting for Consensus on Government in Nepal
    Condemnation Pours on Burmese Junta as Suu ...
    American-Assamese Preparing White Paper on ...
    Assam Government Bows Down to Public Outrages
    Shaky Start to Druk Democracy
    India and Burma Push Joint Project
    Bhutan Turns Democratic
    Disregarding Public Outcry: Assam Government's ...
    Army, Police Heads Become Governors in North ...
    Rhinos Dwindle as Poaching Thrives in India


Nava Thakuria, who serves as a special correspondent for The Seoul Times, is based in Guwahati of Northeast India. He also contributes articles for many media outlets based in different parts of the glove, and can be contacted at navathakuria@gmail.com

 

back

 

 

 

The Seoul Times Shinheungro 25-gil 2-6 Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea 04337 (ZC)
Office: 02-555-6188 Email:seoultimes@gmail.com
Copyrights 2000 The Seoul Times Company  ST Banner Exchange