Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A wonderful result, but the struggle isn’t over yet

Dear friend

Like everyone here at Burma Campaign UK, you must have seen in the media the wonderful scenes of celebration at the headquarters of Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). As election results started coming in, it became clear the NLD were likely to win a big majority.
 
Some media reports have gone so far as to say Burma's struggle for freedom is over, that democracy has arrived. That's exactly the impression the generals want to give.
 
A military drafted constitution means that the NLD government will face lots of limits on its powers, and the people of Burma are going to continue to need our support to win their real freedom.
 
As our Campaigns Manager Zoya Phan said in an article in The Independent newspaper today:
 
I know the NLD government will be able to make many positive changes in my country, and this is really good news. At the same time however, deep down I know the military hasn't completely handed over power. An NLD government is going to face many challenges because the army has inserted lots of clauses into the constitution to limit its power. This is designed to restrict the freedom of the NLD government to make big changes to the country. The impression that everything is now OK makes me very worried for the future. This isn't the end of our long struggle. It's the start of a new phase of that struggle, and the military are as determined as ever not to give up control. Celebrate an NLD victory today, but tomorrow, we still need your support.
 
You can read the full article here.
Voters queue in Rangoon
Voters queue at a polling station in Rangoon.
Our Director, Mark Farmaner, has written an article for the Huffington Post which details all the tricks the military have used to try to keep their grubby fingers on the levers of power, and shows why international support will still be desperately needed. You can read it here.
 
There is no doubt that Burma would not have got this far without the sacrifices so many people in the country have made for freedom, and without the international support they have received. International pressure has played a key role in supporting Burma's democracy movement. That support is still needed for the next phase of the struggle, so please make a donation today to support our work.
 
Thank you.
Anna Roberts
Executive Director
 
PS. In the UK we wouldn't accept the head of the British Army appointing the Home Secretary and Defence Minister or the military setting their own budget, starving hospitals and schools of funds. Make a donation today to help bring genuine democracy to Burma. Thank you.
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