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Ban Concerned about NLD Dissolution

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Ban Concerned about NLD Dissolution

By LALIT K JHA

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Irrawaddy

WASHINGTON—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “concern” over the Burmese military junta’s move to dissolve 10 political parties in the run-up to the November general election.

“The Secretary-General notes with some concern the decision by the Union Election Commission to dissolve 10 political parties prior to the general election, including the National League for Democracy and four others for failing to renew their registration,” Martin Nesirky, a spokesperson for the secretary-general, told reporters at his daily press conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

“He [Ban] further notes that the Union Election Commission has issued campaigning guidelines for the remaining 37 parties to register to contest the elections,” Nesirky said in response to a question. The secretary-general once again urges the Burmese authorities to ensure conditions conducive to a fully inclusive and participatory electoral process, he said.

Nesirky said that a ministerial-level meeting of the Group of Friends of Myanmar is expected to be held in New York on Sept. 27 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Details of the meeting are still being worked out, he said.

Responding to a question about the role of the UN Good Offices, Nesirky said the developments in Burma are being closely monitored by the team of officials in New York.

The UN spokesman added that Ban has expressed his frustration concerning access to the Burmese authorities.

Meanwhile, an eminent American scholar on Asian affairs on Wednesday warned the international community that they would be committing a mistake if they focus on encouraging the military junta to hold free and fair elections in November.

“The central focus of the international community should not be free and fair elections,” said David Williams, the John S. Hastings professor of law at Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, and director of the Center for Constitutional Democracy.

“Instead, it should be seeking ways to encourage the Burmese government—both the military, which will still hold real power after the election, and the new civilian office-holders—to undertake sustained dialogue with all of the country’s stakeholders, especially its ethnic minorities,” he said.

Williams said that the Burmese military junta has ensured that its hand-picked candidates will win in November by imposing restrictions on opponents, including expensive filing fees, tight deadlines and limits on who can be on the ballot.

While the elections may produce a civilian government, the constitution allows the military to declare a state of emergency, dissolve the government and seize power legally, he said, adding that even if the civilian government has real authority, that would not address the ethnic divisions that lie at the heart of Burma’s decades-old civil war.

“The only path to true change for Burma—trilateral dialogue among the government, the democratic opposition and the minorities that have been fighting for a measure of self-determination,” Williams said.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=19482

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September 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm

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Burma Announces Date of Parliamentary Elections

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Burma Announces Date of Parliamentary Elections

The voting will be the first since 1990

VOA News13 August 2010

Burma’s military government says the country’s long-awaited elections will be held November 7.

The regime made the announcement Friday over state-controlled radio and television outlets.

The November elections will be the first in Burma since 1990, when the opposition National League for Democracy party won in a landslide.  The ruling junta refused to recognize the results.

The NLD refused to register for this year’s elections, because its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is effectively barred from participating in the elections.  The Nobel Peace laureate has been under house arrest for 15 of the last 21 years.

At least 40 political parties have registered for the elections, which critics have called a sham designed to keep the ruling military junta in power.  At least seven of the parties standing in the election are aligned with the regime.

The NLD was officially disbanded in May under the current laws, but a group of NLD members have formed a breakaway party to stand in the elections.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters

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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi turns 65 in confinement

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi turns 65 in confinement

By The Associated Press

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 8:29 p.m.

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi marked her 65th birthday Saturday locked in her dilapidated lakeside compound as calls for her freedom erupted around the world.

President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded Suu Kyi’s release in statements echoed at rallies and prayer vigils. Supporters threw a birthday party at the suburban Yangon home of a fellow opposition member. It was attended by more than 300 people but not the guest of honor.

A shadow of a Myanmarese is seen as she speaks at Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday celebration in New Delhi, India, Saturday, June 19, 2010. Suu Kyi marked her 65th birthday Saturday locked in her dilapidated lakeside compound as calls for her freedom erupted around the world. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Holding candles and yellow roses, they lit a birthday cake with 65 candles and released 65 doves into the sky while chanting, “Long Live Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.” Plainclothes security watched and videotaped the event.

Suu Kyi has now spent 15 birthdays in detention over the past 20 years, mostly under house arrest. She is the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace laureate.

A Myanmar refugee holds a candle during an event to celebrate the 65th birthday of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, June 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

“It is very sad that she cannot celebrate her birthday in freedom,” said her lawyer Nyan Win.

Confined to her home, Suu Kyi planned to celebrate by providing a lunch of chicken curry and an Indian-style flat bread for the three dozen construction workers helping to renovate her crumbling two-story mansion, Nyan Win said.

A Myanmar refugee living in Malaysia releases a pigeon during an event to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, June 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

The tight security surrounding Suu Kyi’s home allowed the delivery of a birthday cake and a bouquet of roses, orchids and lilies sent by political supporters. Members of her National League for Democracy party are planting 20,000 trees around the country, mostly on the grounds of Buddhist monasteries, to mark the occasion.

A confidante, Win Tin, made an impassioned plea for Suu Kyi’s release.

“To the international community I want to reiterate her words: ‘Please use your liberty to promote ours,'” said Win Tin, who co-founded the party with Suu Kyi and himself spent nearly 20 years jailed as a political prisoner.

A Myanmar refugee in a traditional costume holds a candle during an event to celebrate the 65th birthday of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, June 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Global condemnation over her imprisonment has failed to change the junta’s harsh attacks on all dissent or soften their stance on Suu Kyi, whose steely grace, charisma and popularity have remained in tact despite her long confinement.

Ahead of historic elections planned for later this year, Suu Kyi remains the biggest threat to the ruling junta. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been dominated by military rule since 1962.

The vote will be the first in two decades. Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won the last election in 1990, but was never allowed to take power.

A protester eats a birthday cake during a rally outside the Myanmar Embassy at Manila’s financial district of Makati, Philippines, Friday, June 18, 2010. The protesters called for the release of Myanmar’s detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi who turns 65 on Saturday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Obama praised Suu Kyi’s “determination, courage and personal sacrifice in working for human rights and democratic change in Burma inspire all of us who stand for freedom and justice.”

“I once again call on the Burmese government to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners,” Obama said in a statement.

The U.N. chief said he remains “deeply concerned” that Suu Kyi is still under house arrest.

“I have been persistently, consistently demanding that all the political prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi should be released without condition as soon as possible so that they would be able to participate in the political process,” Ban said. Daw is a term of respect in Myanmar.

British Ambassador to Indonesia Martin Hatfull speaks to the media against a background of a large banner of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a press conference outside the British Embassy in Jakarta , Indonesia, Friday, June 18, 2010. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who will celebrate her 65th birthday on Saturday, has been detained by the country’s military ruler for 14 of the past 20 years. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana )

In Britain, where concern for the jailed democracy leader runs high, Prime Minister David Cameron wrote Suu Kyi an open letter telling her that he had “long found your example deeply inspiring.”

“The injustice of your continuing detention mirrors the injustice that the regime has inflicted on your country and your people for so many years,” Cameron wrote.

Britain’s Foreign Office encouraged people from around the world to post birthday greetings on Facebook that British diplomats have pledged to pass on to Suu Kyi’s representatives.

Refugee children from Myanmar hold posters of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they sing a song during an event to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Suu Kyi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, June 18, 2010. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate will celebrate her 65th birthday on Saturday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Under new election laws, Suu Kyi and other political prisoners – estimated at more than 2,000 – are effectively barred from taking part in the polls. The NLD has called the laws unfair and undemocratic and is boycotting the vote, which critics have dismissed as a sham designed to cement military rule. The party was disbanded after refusing to register for the elections by a May 6 deadline.

A refugee from Myanmar wears a T-shirt with a print of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she sings a song during an event to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, June 18, 2010. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate will celebrate her 65th birthday on Saturday. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Suu Kyi’s detention was extended by 18 months in August 2009 when she was convicted of violating the terms of her house arrest by briefly harboring an American intruder. The sentence will keep her locked away during the elections.

Birthday candles are lit in front of an image of Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a small party of her 65th birthday at a home of a member of her party National League for Democracy Party Friday, June. 18, 2010 in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Activists and politicians have rallied from Sydney to Brussels to wish the opposition leader a happy birthday and demand her release. More candlelight vigils, concerts and Buddhist prayer ceremonies were planned later Saturday in European and American cities.

Associated Press writers Jocelyn Gecker in Bangkok , Rohan Sullivan in Sydney, Raphael Satter in London and Aoife White in Brussels contributed to this report.

The Associated Press

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June 20, 2010 at 9:46 am

Main Opposition to Boycott Myanmar Election

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Main Opposition to Boycott Myanmar Election

New York Times – Thomas Fuller – ‎

Published: March 29, 2010

Members of the National League for Democracy said Monday that they would not register to vote after they met in Yangon, Myanmar’s main city.

BANGKOK — After months of internal debate, members of the party of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the long-detained pro-democracy leader, defied Myanmar’s junta by announcing Monday that they would boycott the country’s first elections in two decades.

The move raises questions about both the future of the Burmese opposition and the credibility of the vote.

According to election laws the junta released earlier this month, the decision means that the party that has served as the mainstay of the country’s democratic movement for two decades, the National League for Democracy, will be automatically dissolved. Western governments, including the United States and Britain, had said that Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi’s participation and that of her party were prerequisites for legitimate elections.

On Monday, U Win Tin, a founding member and strategist for the party, said that more than 100 delegates were unanimous in their decision. “We will ask the people around us not to vote in the election: Please boycott,” he said in a telephone interview. He said that the party would try to continue political activities after it is disbanded. “We will work for the people,” he said.

The party had been split over whether to participate in the elections, forced to choose between participation that would undercut its principles and a boycott that would dissolve it. Last week, Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi said through a spokesman that she viewed the election process as “unjust” and that she felt that the party should not take part.

“They made a decision to maintain their dignity,” said Win Min, a lecturer in contemporary Burmese politics at Payap University in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. “They wanted to keep Aung San Suu Kyi as their leader. On the other hand, what is their alternative after this?”

Mr. Win Min said the National League for Democracy would likely be disbanded by May 6, a deadline set in the election laws. The party’s assets, including offices, might be seized. “Some members may be planning to set up a new party,” Mr. Win Min said.

The ruling generals portray the vote as part of a “roadmap” to democracy after 48 years of military rule, while diplomats and exile groups view it as window-dressing for the junta’s continued hold on power.

But some inside Myanmar say they believe the elections offer at least a modest positive step.

In recent months the military government has announced nascent liberalization measures that they see as possibly the beginning of a decentralization of power. The measures include issuing permits for private hospitals and schools and allowing private-sector management of the rice industry.

But the counterpoint to these economic measures is the consistently hard line that the military has taken with the political force it considers its archenemy, Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, 64, and her followers. Her party won a landslide victory in 1990, a result that was ignored by the ruling generals and officially nullified just this month.

The party has been weakened by two decades of harassment, intimidation and imprisonment of many of its members, including Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi and Mr. Win Tin. The party’s leaders are aging — Mr. Win Tin is 81 — and the membership has dwindled.

Among many restrictive measures in the election law, criminal convictions bar candidacy. This includes Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi and Mr. Win Tin among the estimated 2,100 political prisoners in the country, many of whom were leaders of protest movements in 1988 and 2007 and form the core of the country’s democracy movement.

Taking part in a new election would also have been a signal to people in Myanmar that the National League for Democracy had agreed to forgo its 1990 victory, Mr. Win Tin said. “We would have to give up all of our political convictions,” he said.

The party also wanted to send a signal to armed ethnic groups in the northern reaches of the country that the election was illegitimate. The junta is demanding that the ethnic groups disarm.

“A sort of civil war will flare up very soon,” Mr. Win Tin predicted.

Mr. Win Tin urged countries in Asia and the West to threaten to withhold aid to the junta. “Please put more pressure on the government,” he said. “That is my message.”

Mr. Win Tin, who wrote poetry during his nearly two decades in prison, used a concoction of water and red dust from the bricks of his cell to write his verses. He was denied pen and paper in the infamously brutal prison system.

Today, he said he is followed by military intelligence whenever he leaves the house. Agents were outside on motorcycle as he spoke to this reporter, he said.

“For me it’s as if I were still in prison,” he said. “I feel like the whole country is imprisoned,” he said.

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US Blames Burmese Government for Opposition Election Boycott

Voice of America

William Ide | Washington29 March 2010

The U.S. State Department on Monday blamed Burma’s military government for the opposition’s decision to boycott upcoming elections.  The United States called the situation in Burma “disappointing,” but added that Washington will continue its efforts to engage Rangoon.

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said the United States “understands and respects the decision” by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, or NLD, to not to participate in elections that are expected to be held later this year.

Crowley called the situation “regrettable.”  He pointed to the military government’s unwillingness to open up the political process to key figures and various ethnic groups in Burma as the reason for the NLD’s decision to withdraw.

“We think that that this is an opportunity lost in terms of Burma’s ability to demonstrate that it is willing to contemplate a different course of action, a different relationship with its own people and other groups within its own borders,” said Philip Crowley.

The United States calls Burma’s election rules a “mockery” of the democratic process.  Many other countries have criticized Rangoon’s election planning as deeply flawed and unfair.

Crowley said the U.S. government will continue to reach out to Burmese leaders, despite Rangoon’s decision on the course of the elections.

Burma’s election laws prohibit registered parties from having criminals in their ranks.  The NLD’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under detention for 14 of the last 20 years, and many of her party’s officials have been held as political prisoners.

The election laws also require parties to swear allegiance to the 2008 Constitution, which guarantees the military a quarter of parliamentary seats regardless of election results.

The NLD’s announcement on Monday to boycott the elections, came after more than 100 members of the party gathered at its Rangoon headquarters.  Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest, had urged the NLD not to participate in the voting, saying that the election laws are unjust.

David Steinberg, a Burma expert at Georgetown University here in Washington, says the NLD might split because of the decision it was forced to make.

“The NLD was in a very very difficult position because either to participate means that they intentionally gave up their claim to legitimacy based upon the May 1990 elections, but to not to participate means that they are moved to the political periphery,” said David Steinberg.

The National League for Democracy won Burma’s last elections in 1990, but the military refused to give up power.  Burma’s government has yet to announce a date for the upcoming elections.

Steinberg says he believes the military government is prepared to have opposition members in its new legislature.  But he notes that those voices will not be able to control critical issues the country faces.

Steinberg says the Burmese government needs the opposition to boost its credibility at home and abroad.

“Just the fact of the NLD not being in it [i.e., the elections] does not mean there will not be other opposition parties,”he said. “They are already being formed as we speak here, and how credible they will be and how successful they will be, will be a question.”

According to Burma’s election rules, all political parties have until the first week of May to register. If they do not, they will be dissolved.

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Mixed reaction to Myanmar opposition party boycott

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Senior members of the detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party attend the party’s central committee meeting at the party’s headquarters Monday, March. 29, 2010, in Yangon, Myanmar. The party was meeting Monday to decide whether to participate in the first election in military-ruled Myanmar in two decades, the party spokesman said. A senior party member called it “a life-or-death” decision. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Members of the detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party prepare to serve bananas to members of the party before its central committee meeting at the party’s headquarters Monday, March. 29, 2010, in Yangon, Myanmar. The party was meeting Monday to decide whether to participate in the first election in military-ruled Myanmar in two decades, the party spokesman said. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Members of the detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party stand behind a gate as they wait to serve lunch meals and bananas to members of the party before its central committee meeting at the party’s headquarters Monday, March. 29, 2010, in Yangon, Myanmar. The party was meeting Monday to decide whether to participate in the first election in military-ruled Myanmar in two decades, the party spokesman said. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

A member of the detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party gestures to show her opposition against the election as she sits outside the party’s headquarters Monday, March. 29, 2010, in Yangon, Myanmar. The party was meeting Monday to decide whether to participate in the first election in military-ruled Myanmar in two decades, the party spokesman said. A senior party member called it “a life-or-death” decision. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

YANGON, Myanmar — Many residents of Myanmar’s largest city Tuesday greeted a decision by the party of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi to boycott elections with rousing approval but others blamed it for leaving them with little choice in the military-organized balloting.

In a bold gamble, the National League for Democracy on Monday decided to opt out of the country’s first election in two decades, following the lead of the detained Nobel Prize laureate who had earlier denounced the laws guiding the election as undemocratic.

The decision, approved by an unanimous vote of the 113 executive members, spotlights the question of the polls’ credibility. The NLD won the most parliamentary seats in the last election in 1990, whose results the military refused to honor.

“It is devastating that the NLD has chosen to boycott the election. Who should I vote for when the election comes?” said a 46-year-old university teacher Myint Myint Thein.

But others approved of the decision.

“(Suu Kyi) is our icon and our leader and she is the only person who can reflect the feelings of the public. We are with her and we support her decision,” said a 55-year-old nurse, Khin Zaw.

The NLD earlier denounced the election laws, noting their provisions would bar Suu Kyi from participating, or even being a member of the party she helped found 22 years ago in the wake of a failed popular uprising against military rule.

“We will continue to pursue, through peaceful means, democracy and human rights with support, understanding and assistance from the people, ethnic nationalities and democratic forces,” said party vice chairman Tin Oo.

Although the boycott will probably mean the end of the NLD since parties who fail to register for the election are to be dissolved, the boycott could also undermine the junta’s claims that the election represents a step forward in its “roadmap for democracy.”

“The majority of the people will follow the decision because of their deep respect for (Suu Kyi), and the legitimacy and credibility of the elections will be thoroughly undermined,” said Thakin Chan Tun, a retired ambassador and veteran politician.

The election date has yet to be announced, and the lineup of the contesting parties is still unclear. But it appears the military will field a party against a number of small ones, some of them pro-military.

“I think the NLD has made a major blunder by not contesting in the election. We are all set to vote for NLD candidates and now we are left without any choice,” said Mie Mie, a jewelry shop owner.

Cho Cho Kyaw Nyein, general-secretary of the recently formed Democratic Party, said the best way to serve the people and country was to get as many opposition seats as possible in the new parliament.

The reaction of the international community, which has already expressed doubt over the fairness of the polls, could be crucial in determining whether the election will proceed smoothly. The junta hopes holding the vote will ease pressure for political reforms and accommodation with the country’s pro-democracy movement.

At the same time, the party risks being further marginalized. It has been the focal point for opposition to military rule, even though it has faced fierce repression. If it loses its status as a legal party, it may face tighter restrictions.

U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters that U.S. officials “understand and respect” the NLD decision. “This is a reflection of the unwillingness of the government in Burma to take what we thought were the necessary steps to open up the political process and to engage in serious dialogue,” Crowley said.

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March 30, 2010 at 7:35 am

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Tin Oo set free, to lead NLD

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Tin Oo set free, to lead NLD

P. S. Suryanarayana

Octogenarian Tin Oo, now set free by Myanmar’s military rulers, will lead the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) as long as Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. She has so far spent over 14 years in detention, either at her own residence in Yangon or in prison, during the past two decades.

Ms. Suu Kyi’s political associate and NLD spokesman Nyan Win said over the telephone from Yangon on Sunday Mr. Tin Oo, Vice-Chairman of the NLD, appeared to be “well” upon his release from house arrest on Saturday. He would preside over a meeting of the party’s executive committee on Monday.

There would be “no agenda” for the party panel’s meeting, because the junta had not so far announced a date for the promised democracy-restoring polls, said Mr. Nyan Win. The required election law was not yet in place, either. The NLD did not also agree with the junta that a new Constitution was duly ratified by the people in the referendum held when Myanmar was still reeling under the impact of Cyclone Nargis.

He said there was still no official word on whether and, if so, when Ms. Suu Kyi might be set free. Mr. Tin Oo, a military hero who helped her form the NLD and remained her close lieutenant in the cause of democracy, was denied personal liberty for a number of years. He was now set free, only upon the expiry of his latest term of house arrest, said Mr. Nyan Win.

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February 15, 2010 at 5:26 am

NLD’s Women Groups spread in 22 townships

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NLD’s Women Groups spread in 22 townships

As the National League for Democracy (NLD) has extended to organize township women groups, there have been so far 22 groups within seven months, it is reported.

The NLD’s Women Affairs Taskforce (HQ) has supervised to organize township women groups in the divisions of Rangoon, Mandalay and Tenasserim since last June.

“Our main job is to organize. As groups of youth and women are parts of the NLD, they are supportive to implement Party’s plans by means of organizing,” said Dr May Win Myint who is in charge of NLD’s Women Affairs Taskforce in Rangoon Division.

Completed are 12 women groups in Rangoon Division including the townships of Kawmu, Mayangone, Hlaing, Syrim, Insein, Hlaingtharyar, Yankin, Bahan, Kayan, Tharkata and New Dagon, 8 women groups in Tenassarim Division and 2 women groups in Mandalay Division.

Dr May Win Myint said, “We have done both organizing and forming at the same time. In Rangoon, there have already been 12 township women groups. We have meetings once a month. We discuss what the township groups have submitted. We explain to them the policy the NLD’s Central Executive Committee has drawn. In the headquarter we sell things for fundraising. We offer alms to Buddhist monks every Tuesday for freedom of prisoners.”

Ma Aye Aye Mar, member of Women Affaris Taskforce in Mandalay Division of the NLD, said, “According to the instructions from the Central Executive Committee, there remains two to be organized in North-West and North-East townships in Mandalay Division. Those from Meikhtilar and Wandwin have informed us to organize township women groups. We’ve been waiting for the nod from the township chairman.”

Mandalay’s South-East and South-West township women groups were formed on the 5th and 15th of last month respectively.

To form NLD’s Women Affairs Taskforce in States and Divisions, apart from eleven supportive members in Rangoon, 2 each in Mandalay and Sagain and 1 each in Kachin, Arakan, Pegu, Karen, Shan, Magwe and Tenesarim have already been selected and assigned.

Similarly, members of NLD’s Youth Affairs have been organizing in some areas of Upper Burma and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is in charge of Women Affair Committee and Youth affair task force of the NLD (HQ), it is known.

NLD’s Women Affairs Taskforce is under the Committee of Women Affairs.

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January 20, 2010 at 7:04 am

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