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Statement: CSO Statement on Student's Actions for Dialogue on National Education Law

 

30 January 2015

Statement: CSO Statement on Student's Actions for Dialogue on National Education Law 

By Coordination Committee of Myanmar Civil Society Organization Forum

Education sector reform during transition period is very important and fundamental for the future of Myanmar.

The 60-day period for negotiation declared by students has expired and students have resumed their protest activities against the National Education Law. After encountering various obstacles and obstructions, student representatives met government officials in Naypyidaw on 28 January 2015 and signed an agreement committing to the quadripartite dialogue.

We fully support 11 points of amendments to the National Education Law that students have demand for as they are important and fundamental requirements for the future of Myanmar's democratic education system.

Freedom of Assembly and Expression is a fundamental human rights and a principal of democracy, thus should be respected by government authorities. We therefore particularly urge the government authorities to completely avoid committing any kind of violence against the students whether it is during daytime when students are carrying out their protest activities or in night time when students are resting during which violence against them will go unseen.

We also urge the government and parliaments to ensure that dialogues with students is held in the spirit of sincerity and mutual respect and oriented toward positive outcome.

We strongly urge the international community, especially international governments and international non-governmental organizations operating in education and youth sectors providing either financial and/or technical assistances for education sector reform, to ensure that their assistances genuinely and effectively support the National Education Law's compliance with democracy and human rights principles.

We further commit that we will be hand-in-hand with the students and support their peaceful protests.

For more information please contact: Aung Myo Min, Equality Myanmar +95 (0)9 448015306; Khin Law, Triangle Women +95 (0)9 256080897

The Myanmar Civil Society Organizations Forum was held for three days in Rangoon from October 14 -16, 2014 with the aim to review and analyse Myanmar's reform process during President Thein Sein's term to give recommendations to the government and the international community. More than 650 delegates from 257 civil society organizations and networks active in various sectors throughout Burma attended the forum. The participants issued a forum statement and formed the Coordination Committee to implement the statement.

 

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As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,

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