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MYANMAR - UN
Ban Ki-moon says elections a sham without the release of Aung San Suu Kyi
The UN secretary general says the vote “will not be credible” if the Nobel Peace laureate and other political prisoners are not freed. The appeal comes at the end of the "Group of Friends of Myanmar" meeting, whose members call for "greater participation, transparency and representation." Insubordination among soldiers who do not receive food or pay.
Yangon (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The November 7 general election in Myanmar will not be "credible" without the release of political prisoners, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. So says Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general, after a meeting two days ago in New York with members of the so-called "Group of Friends of Myanmar". He added that the group calls for a "greater presence" in the vote, through a ballot that is "participatory and transparent." In Myanmar, meanwhile, incidents of insubordination among the soldiers continue, who refuse to perform assigned duties in protest against the scarcity of food and non-payment of wages.
The November 7 vote is part of the "road to democracy," trumpeted by the Burmese military regime, in an attempt to legitimatise itself in the eyes of the international community. International experts and domestic opponents argue that these elections are a "sham", exploited by the junta to maintain power and quash the minority that is fighting for a true democracy. The UN secretary general and ministers from countries members of the "Friends of Myanmar" - after a meeting behind closed doors - stressed the need for an electoral path characterized by "greater participation, transparency and representation." "This is essential - added Ban Ki-moon - for the election to be seen as credible and contribute to Myanmar's stability and development."
The "Group of Friends of Myanmar" consists of Australia, United Kingdom, China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States, Vietnam and the European Union. The meeting - held on the sidelines of UN General Assembly – was not attended by leaders from Myanmar, whose government declined to respond to comments by Ban Ki-moon. However, on 26 September U Nyan Win, Myanmar’s Foreign Minister, met with UN Secretary General at the United Nations headquarters in New York. In recent days, sources close to the junta said that Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the democratic opposition, may vote, but will not be allowed to leave the house where she is being held. The Nobel Peace Laureate is serving a sentence of 18 months of house arrest , whose terms expire shortly after the election.
Meanwhile, incidents insubordination among the soldiers in Myanmar. They are refusing to perform the daily tasks assigned to them in increasing protest against unpaid wages and scarce food rations. A series of interviews by the BBC shows that for weeks the soldiers have not received their rations, officers have blocked the payment of wages and access to savings, held in a bank.
Yangon: three blasts mark Burmese New Year, kill more than 30, injure 75
Bombs were placed near a pavilion set up to celebrate a water festival near Kandawgyi Lake. State TV reports eight dead. The authorities close emergency ward where injured were taken to stop news leaks. Sources tell AsiaNews the junta wants to fuel a “terror strategy” ahead of upcoming elections.
Aung San Suu Kyi: If November elections "free and fair" the opposition will win
The leader of the National League for Democracy voices concerns about possible fraud or irregularity and promises the NLD can form a government better than the current one. The danger of religion exploited "for political purposes". Little or no citizens trust in police, judiciary or electoral commission
The Supreme Court upholds sentence for Aung San Suu Kyi
The judges rejected her lawyers arguments. The "Lady" will remain confined until November and will not participate in elections. The lawyer for the Nobel Peace Laureate appeals to the Minister for Justice. NLD spokesman: The ruling confirms that the vote will not be "inclusive, just and free."
Burmese junta: Aung San Suu Kyi can vote
NLD leader may be allowed to express her right to vote in upcoming elections, but she can not leave her house. His party, however, can not compete in the farcical elections.
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