[The Nation Newspaper, Thailand] UN urged to obtain freedom of political inmates in Burma

10 12 2008

In what is believed to be the first time in history, a large group of parliamentarians from all over Asia have sent a public letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to obtain the release of all political prisoners from Burma by 31 December 2008. 

The letter comes just after a group of 112 former Presidents and Prime Ministers from 50 countries wrote to the Secretary General, also urging him to meet the year-end deadline in travelling to Burma to secure the release of all of the over 2,100 political prisoners in the country.

Members of Parliament from Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia joined the effort by parliamentarians from Asia who are extremely concerned about the lack of progress in Burma’s human rights situation.

“It is important that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travel to the country himself and engage in serious dialogue with the military regime and impress on them the calls by leaders and lawmakers from Asia and around the world for the release of all political prisoners,” said Kraisak Choonhavan, President of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, who hosted the petition.

“The suffering of the people must not be allowed to continue and the world can no longer sit idly by and only assist them when there is a devastating natural disaster,” he added, in a separate cover letter to the UN Sec-Gen.

A total of 241 parliamentarians from these eight Asian countries collectively reminded the UN Sec-Gen that the United Nations Security Council, General Assembly, and Human Rights Council have all called on Burma’s military regime to immediately release all political prisoners, a call the military junta has defied.

Letter

December 5th 2008

Dear UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,

As parliamentarians from across Asia, we are elected to represent our peoples in our governments and to the world.  We are writing to you on a matter of grave concern: the ongoing imprisonment of over 2,100 political prisoners in Burma/Myanmar.

As you know, the United Nations Security Council, General Assembly, and Human Rights Council have all called on Burma’s military regime to immediately release all political prisoners in Burma.

In direct defiance of the international community the military regime has not only failed to release political prisoners and enter into genuine dialogue, but instead in the past year almost doubled the number of prisoners to more than 2,100.

Further, Burma’s military regime has used prisoners of conscience as political pawns, releasing a handful during and after visits by UN envoys while avoiding a complete release that would allow pave the way for true national reconciliation.  After UN envoys leave from Burma, more arrests always continue.

We understand that you may travel to Burma in December, 2008 and encourage you to take this trip.  We urge you to seize this opportunity to obtain the release of all political prisoners by the end of 2008.

The release of all political prisoners in Burma would be a significant step forward, and an obvious and concrete first step to begin a process of national reconciliation in Burma.

However, the release of only a limited number of prisoners would represent a continuation of the same games the military regime has used to extend its power for decades.

The suffering of the people have Burma has been going on for decades. We have a moral duty to do whatever we can to help the people of Burma reach a peaceful and sustainable political settlement. No effort should be spared in the endeavor.

We trust in you and your good offices to work to achieve this concrete benchmark, and offer our full support to you in doing so.
Sincerely, 

Members of Parliament from:

Thailand

1. Kraisak Choonhavan

2. Buranaj Smutharaks

3. Somkiat Pongpaiboon

4. Pojanart Kaewpaluk

5. Pusadee Tamthai

6. Rosana Tositrakul

7. Varin Thiemcharas

8. Rachada Dhnadirek

9. Rachadaporn Kaewsanit

10. Boonyod Sooktinthai

11. Attaporn Ponlaboot

12. Thanitpol Jayanandana

13. Samart Piriyapanyaporn

14. Kovit Tarana

15. Alongkorn Ponlaboot

16. Korn Chatikavanij

17. Chanin Roongsang

18. Sirichok Sopha

19. Ananong Kanjanachusak

20. Supacharee Tummapetch

21. Wirat Wiriyapong

22. Surachat Masadit

23. Sombat Yasin
Cambodia

24. Son Chhay

25. Sam Rainsy

26. Cheam Channy

27. Kimsour Phirith

28. Mao Munyvann

29. Ke Sovannroth

30. Eng Chhai Eang

31. Tioulong Saumura

32. Nuth Rumduol

33. Khy Vandeth

34. Thak Lany

35. Long Ry

36. Men Sothavarin

37. Mu Sochua

38. Chiv Cata

39. Chea Poch

40. Yim Sovann

41. Kong Bora

42. Ho Vann

43. Kuoy Bunroeun

44. Ly Srey Vyna

45. Tok Vanchan

46. Yont Tharo

47. Kem Sokha

48. Chan Cheng

49. Yem Ponhearith

50. Khim Laky

51. Ou Chanrith

52. Pot Pov
Japan

53. Masaharu Nakagawa

54. Keiko Itokazu

55. Kiyomi Tsujimoto

56. Motohisa Ikeda

57. Azuma Konno

58. Tetsuji Nakamura

59. Tsurunen Marutei

60. Satsuki Eda

61. Tetsuo Kanno

62. Kantoku Teruya

63. Tomoko Abe

64. Tomiko Okazaki

65. Masahiko Yamada

66. Seiichi Kaneda

67. Yukihisa Fujita

68. Tsuneo Suzuki

69. Ryuichi Doi

70. Ritsuo Hosokawa

71. Hiroyoshi Nishi

72. Tsutomu Hata

73. Toshiko Hamayotsu

74. Yoshinori Suematsu

75. Kazuko Kori

76. Ken Kagaya

77. Koichi Takemasa

78. Nobuo Matsuno

79. Mizuho Fukushima

80. Yoko Komiyama

81. Yukio Hatoyama

82. Ryuhei Kawada
Korea

83. Song Young Gil

84. Ahn Min Seok

85. Cho Young Teck

86. Oh Jae Sae

87. Choi In Kee

88. Cho Jeong Sik

89. Shin Hak Yong

90. Ahn Gyu Baek

91. Kim Sang Hee

92. Lee Jong Kul

93. Park Jie Won

94. Park Joo Sun

95. Kang Bong Kyun

96. Kim Boo Kyum

97. Kim Dong Cheol

98. Choi Young Hee

99. Choi Gyu Sung

100. Choo Mi Ae

101. Hong Jae Hyong

102. Yang Seung Jo

103. Kim Hyo Seuk

104. Kang Sung Jong

105. Park Young Sun

106. Kim Sung Gon

107. Jeon Hae Sook

108. Seo Jong Pyo

109. Cho Kyoung Tae

110. Kim Hee Chull

111. Lee Seok Hyun

112. Woo Yoon Keun

113. Noh Young Min

114. Choi Jae Sung

115. Chung Sye-kyun

116. Baek Won Woo

117. Lew Seon Ho

118. Kang Chang Il

119. Kim Woo Nam

120. Jang Se Hwan

121. Kim Jong Yull

122. Park Eun Soo

123. Kim Choon Jin

124. Ooh Che Chang

125. Kim Yoo Jung

126. Song Min Soon

127. Lee Kang Rae

128. Lee Sung Nam

129. Cho Bae Sook

130. Shin Nakyun

131. Jung Jang Seon

132. Joo Seung Yong

133. Choi Chul Kook

134. Byun Jae Il

135. Kim Yung Rok

136. Moon Hak Jin

137. Kim Young Jin

138. Moon Hee Sang

139. Lee Yongsup

140. Kim Jin Pyo

141. Kim Jae Kyun

142. Park Sunsook

143. Kim Jeong Kweon

144. Kim Dong Sung

145. Kim Tae Won

146. Won Hee Ryong

147. Koh Seung Duk

148. Yim Tae Hee

149. Choi Moon Soon

150. Nam Kyung Pil

151. Lee Jung Hyun

152. Shin Young Soo

153. Hur Won Je

154. Lee Jung Hee

155. Kwon Young Ghil

156. Hong Hee Deok

157. Kwak Jung Sook

158. Kang Ki Kab

159. Moon Kook Hyun

160. Lee Yong Hee

161. Lee Kwang Jae

162. Chough Soon Hyung

163. Lee Yoon Seok

164. Kim Se-ung

165. Kim Jae Yun

166. Lee Nak Yon
Malaysia

167. Anwar Ibrahim

168. Teresa Kok

169. Lim Kit Siang

170. Tian Chua

171. Fong Po Kuan

172. Tony Pua

173. Nurul Izzah Anwar

174. Teo Nie Ching

175. Charles Santiago

176. Chow Kon Yeow

177. Er Teck Hwa

178. Lim Lip Eng

179. M. Kula Segaran

180. Johari Abdul

181. Sim Tong Him

182. Sivarasa Rasiah

183. Fong Kui Lun

184. Tan Tee Beng

185. Liew Chin Tong

186. Gobalakrishnan N.

187. Jeyakumar Devaraj

188. M. Manogaran

189. Chong Eng

190. Salahuddin Ayub

191. Abdul Aziz Abdul Kadir

192. Amran Abdul Ghani

193. Hee Loy Sian

194. Gwo Burne Loh

195. Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid

196. Tan Kok Wai

197. Mohamed Azmin Ali

198. Zuraida Kamaruddin

199. Zahrain Mohamed Hashim

200. Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri

201. Ahmad bin Kasim

202. Saifuddin Nasution Ismail

203. Zainal Abidin Ahmad

204. Azan bin Ismail

205. Rashid bin Din

206. Yusmadi Yusoff

207. William Leong

208. Md. Puad Zarkashi

209. Chong Chieng Jen
Philippines

210. Lorenzo R. Ta๑ada III

211. Eduardo Nonato N. Joson

212. Antonio V. Cuenco

213. Abraham Kahlil B. Mitra

214. Alfonso V. Umali Jr.

215. Proceso J. Alcala

216. Matias V. Defensor Jr

217. Mujiv S. Hataman

218. Liza L. Maza

219. Mar-Len Abigail S. Binay

220. Luzviminda C. Ilagan

221. Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales

222. Del R. de Guzman

223. Ana Theresia Hontiveros

224. Albert Garcia
Singapore

225. Charles Chong

226. Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim

227. Michael Palmer

228. Inderjit Singh
Indonesia

229. Djoko Susilo

230. Nursyahbani Katjasungkana

231. Eva Sundari

232. Marzuki Darusman

233. Yuddy Chrisnandi

234. Anna Muawanah

235. Jeffrey Massie

236. Happy Bone

237. Jacobus Mayong Padang

238. Slamet Effendy Yusuf

239. M. Djunaedi

240. Zulkifli Halim

241. Agung Laksono 

Article taken from The Nation newspaper, Bangkok, Thailand.


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