envoy Ibrahim Gambaris four-day shuttle diplomacy between
Burmas top generals and the countrys detained democracy
icon Aung San Suu Kyi concluded on Tuesday (Oct 2, 2007).
special envoy Ibrahim Gambari (left)
and Aung San Suu Kyi.
the photographs of the special envoys meeting with Suu Kyi
appeared in the international media. In some of the photographs,
her face expressed grave unhappiness and sent a clear message
to the world community: the generals' crack down on the Buddhist
monks peaceful demonstrations prove UN action on Burma is
urgently needed. In
one photograph, Suu Kyi wore a yellow, traditional-style blouse
- the color represents Buddhas Sasana (the Order of Buddha).
She shrewdly showed her support for the Buddhist monks efforts
to bring about peace and national reconciliation in the country.
since May 2003, she had recently appeared in public wearing the
same yellow dress when she paid homage to protesting sons of Buddha
who had gathered in front of her home to chant the "Metta
Sutta" (the Buddhas words on loving kindness) on September
there is no doubt that she, through the good office of the UN
secretary-general, would seek a way to bring about reconciliation
in the country while the fear-driven generals at Naypyidaw seek
to deceive the world.
Burmese people are exhausted by... words. Many people now
believe that democracy will come only with the sacrifice
of tens of thousands of lives.
six-week-long protests have further diminished the generals' seven-step
political road map to democracy, which, in fact, is a way to cement
the generals' power, legitimately, under the forthcoming new constitution.
pathetic attempt to stage pro-regime rallies for the benefit of
special envoy Gambari showed their callous disregard for reality.
Are they oblivious to the fact that the Burmese people have voted
against them with their lives?
the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a series of resolutions
on the Burma situation but to no avail. Now is the time for the
UN Security Council to adopt a binding resolution to restore reconciliation
and democracy in Burma.
The UN Human
Rights Councils special session on Burma on October 2-3
in Geneva said it "strongly deplored the continued violent
repression of peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar [Burma]."
This time, the resolution was adopted by consensus with the cooperation
of the regimes strongest supporter, China.
the body has no power to help the oppressed people of Burma by
sending a mission to investigate the regimes brutal killings,
as requested by more than 200 human rights and civil society organizations
in 17 countries.
will the civilized world ignore the notorious generals' slaughter
of innocent people?
world is watching and while the time for mere words has passed,
decisive action is now needed. No State can condone such actions,"
Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, the special rapporteur on the situation
of human rights in Burma, told the session in Geneva on October
the Burmese people are exhausted by such words. Many people now
believe that democracy will come only with the sacrifice of tens
of thousands of lives.
Note: The above
commentary was posted at The Irrawaddy News Magazine (www.irrawaddy.org).
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