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‘Work full restoration of true democracy in Burma’

AIZAWL, MAY 6: "Regime change in Burma does not seem to bring about change regarding the condition of democratic loving people of Burma. The only change we have seen

is military uniform into civil dresses. Therefore, democratic loving people around the world should work persistently for the full restoration of true democracy in Burma," echoed the participants at a symposium on Burma held in Aizawl on Thursday.

Burma Centre Delhi in collaboration with Chin Human Rights Organization, Aizawl and Grassroot Development Network, Mizoram organized a consultation programme on “Regime change in Burma: Post 2010 Elections and its Consequences”.

Hosted by Zo Indigenous Forum, the meeting was attended by various civil society groups, journalists and activists of North East India.

The special guest of the consultation was Mr. Vanlalngaia, chairman of Mizoram Committee for Democracy in Burma who expressed that regime change in Burma does not seem to bring about change in the condition of democratic loving people of Burma.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Tint Swe, a Burmese former Member of Parliament (MP), said that the 2010 election in Burma had not brought any changes to the people of Burma and the country is still being ruled by the same group of military under the camouflage of a democratic regime. He also urged the government of India and the people of Northeast India to continue supporting the Burmese peoples’ struggle for real democracy in Burma.

Dr. Alana Golmei, Advocacy Coordinator of Burma Centre Delhi, urged the people of India especially Northeast people to have closer people to people contact and work together for peace and protect human rights in the region and Burma. She further said that there is no change in Burma after the technically new and elected government as the human rights situation in Burma remains dire.

Salai Za Uk Ling, Program Director of Chin Human Rights Organization talked about the Kaladan Multi Modal Project and reminded that the implementation of developmental projects in Burma in the past have been associated with human rights abuses. He said that the Kaladan Project should be implemented in a way that respects human rights, take into account potential negative environmental and social impacts and ensure that the benefits go to the least advantaged communities.

Human rights advocates and activists, civil society organizations and journalists among the Northeast India and Burmese activists shared their experiences and exchanged perspectives and knowledge on issues like border security, refugees, migrants and trafficking especially in the Northeast India and also on political and strategic complications on Indo-Burma relations. (Newmai News Network)

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