[Appeal] Urgent Call for International Solidarity to Urge ASEAN to help halt intensifying conflict in ethnic states in Burma

Urgent Call for International Solidarity to Urge ASEAN to help halt intensifying conflict in ethnic states in Burma

We are movements and organizations calling on the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to add its voice and heed mounting international calls for an immediate stop to the continuing attacks on the Kachin people in Burma.

The Asia Pacific Solidarity Coalition (APSOC) and the signatories below urges all ASEAN governments to end its silence on the humanitarian challenges happening within its own backyard and compel the Burmese government to stand down and stop the violence it is perpetrating in Kachin state. Air strikes in the ethnic state were reported to have begun a few days ago.

As this situation unfolds into a grave humanitarian crisis, the ASEAN governments are obliged under its own Charter and international laws to address systematic human rights violations that occur even outside their own territories. The displacement of around 75,000 people since June 2011 and deaths of around 300 people during the last air strike in the northern states of Kachin and nearby Shan must be condemned. The Kachins have long been disenfranchised economically and politically, and have been suffering from poverty, sexual violence against women and children, forced labor, extra judicial killings, among others. It is time that their miserable situation is addressed head-on.

As the so-called reformist Burmese government continues to justify its acts of violence by claiming that their military action was done in self-defense, ASEAN governments should take a more proactive position in joining the call of the international community to pressure the Burmese government to cease and desist further military action that would only intensify the conflict and inevitably result to widespread human rights abuses in Burma. ASEAN should also lead and seek the unimpeded flow of humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced peoples caused by the conflict.

While it is imperative to tackle the immediate situation in Kachin, the only way to strategically resolve the conflict is if the demand of the Kachin and ethnic peoples for genuine political dialogue and recognition of their ethnic rights and identities are heeded.

We call on all humanitarian institutions, peace-loving individuals and the global solidarity movement for Burma to support the call for peace and ethnic rights of the struggling peoples of Kachin and the rest of Burma.

 

Signed:

 

Regional & Global

Asia-Pacific Solidarity Coalition (APSOC)

Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (Altsean – Burma)

ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC)

Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development (APWLD)

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia)

Burma Partnership (BP)

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CWS)

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Forum of Burmese in Europe (FBE)

Jubilee South – Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JS-APMDD)

 

Aceh

Aceh Judicial Monitoring Institute (AJM)

Acehnese Civil Society Task Force (ACSTF)

Peoples Crisis Centre (PCC).

Saree School for Human Rights and Peace (SHRP)

 

Australia

Burma Campaign Australia

 

Belgium

Actions Birmanie

 

Burma/Myanmar

Kachin National Organization (KNO)

Karen Women Empowerment Group (KWEG)

Myanmar People’s Forum (MPF)

 

East Timor

East Timor Students Solidarity Council (ETSSC)

 

France

Association Info Birmanie

 

Germany

Burma Aktion

Society for Threatened Peoples – Germany

 

India

Burma Centre Delhi (BCD)

Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF)

 

Indonesia

Akar Bengkulu Indonesia

KALYANAMITRA

MartoArt

Solidaritas Indonesia untuk Burma (SIB)

 

 

Japan

People’s Forum on Burma (Japan)

 

Malaysia

Hon. Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament of Malaysia

Hon. Tian Chua, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

 

Norway

Norwegian Burma Committee

 

Philippines

Free Burma Coalition – Philippines (FBC-P)

Free Burma Coalition – Philippines (Cebu) (FBC-P Cebu)

Active Citizenship Foundation (ACF)

Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)

Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)

Center for Agrarian Reform, Empowerment and Transformation, Inc. (CARET)

Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA)

Center for Peace Education, Miriam College

Human Rights Defenders-Pilipinas (HRDP)

Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod (KPML)

Mindanao Peace Weavers (MPW)

Mindanao People’s Caucus (MPC)

Nisa Ul-Haqq Fi Bangsamoro (Women for Justice in the Bangsamoro)

Partido ng Manggagawa (Labor Party-Philippines)

Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)

Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PHILRIGHTS)

SANLAKAS

United Transport Workers Organization (UTWO)

 

Poland

Polish Burma Solidarity

 

South Africa

Free Burma Campaign – South Africa (FBC-SA)

 

Sweden

Swedish Burma Committee

 

Switzerland

Association Suisse-Birmanie

 

United Kingdom

Burma Campaign UK

Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

Burma Action Ireland

 

Thailand

All Arakan Students’ and Youths’ Congress

Assistant Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)

Back Pack Health Worker Team (BPHWT)

Forum for Democracy in Burma

Human Rights Education Institute of Burma

Nationalities Youth Forum

 

USA

U.S. Campaign for Burma

 

West Papua

Dewan Adat Papua

 

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