Joint Statement on 2010 Election Boycott
1. We, the undersigned alliances of the movement for democracy and rights of ethnicnationalities, believe that the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)’s undemocratic planof 2010 elections have absolutely no potential to resolve the current political, social andeconomic crises in Burma, unless necessary benchmarks towards national reconciliation are met.2. It is clear that with this new election, the SPDC aims to abolish the results of the 1990 electionwhen the democratic opposition won in a landslide and to entrench the military power legally.3. These aims are backed by the 2008 Constitution, undemocratically drafted and forciblyratified against the will of the people of Burma, including ethnic nationalities. Not only does theconstitution lack any guarantee of basic rights for the ethnic nationalities in our union, such asequality and self-determination, it was also drafted to systematically ensure impunity for thehuman rights crimes committed by the military against Burma’s people, particularly ethniccommunities.4. Meanwhile, the SPDC has totally ignored the continuous calls of the people of Burma, theUN, ASEAN members, the EU, the US and others in the international community, to release allpolitical prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Instead, the regime continues the lawlessimprisonment of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and ethnic party leaders, its ongoing oppression andimprisonment of monks and political activists, divide-and-rule tactics to obliterate the ceasefireand non-ceased fire ethnic forces and continuing atrocities against ethnic populations.5. By blatantly ignoring the National League for Democracy’s Shwegondaing Declaration aswell as the National Reconciliation Proposal of the movement for democracy and rights of ethnicnationalities calling for national reconciliation, the regime has also made clear its unwillingnessto cooperate with the political opposition through dialogue.6. It is evident that the SPDC’s undemocratic plan of 2010 elections will not lead to peace,development, genuine federalism, nor ensure basic rights for all people, including ethnicnationalities and since the benchmarks towards national reconciliation continue to be not met, wedeclare that we do not recognize this election and will boycott it by all means necessary.