Burma Ethnic Politics Watch Network (BEPWN)
Press Release No.1
22 May 2010In building a genuine democratic system in Burma, some politicians among thoserepresenting ethnic political parties or organizations are found to be self-sacrificing whilesome are seeking self-interests. In order to let pro-democracy activists and people both insideand abroad aware of their deeds and stands, we are now naming them and publishing their political standpoint.The self-seeking politicians are as follows:
1. Harn Yawnghwe (Shan) member of Board of Directors of Euro-Burma
One of the executive directors of Brussels-based Euro-Burma in Belgium, Harn Yawnghwehas long been out of touch with Burma's politics. Since he is neither knowledgeable of Burma's domestic politics nor familiar with military dictators' nature and is in need of moneyfor his survival, he has been asking for funds from EU member states on various pretexts andis getting assistance from those states which have faith upon the Euro-Burma Board of Directors, one of his close associates informed us together with photo and documentevidences. Some political parties which have applied for registration disclosed that he hasembezzled funds donated for humanitarian assistance by providing party registration fees atthe Elections Commission office for those ethnic groups which favor running for 2010elections and is also going to help pay election candidate fees of Kyat 500,000.We are worried for Harn Yawnghwe's action leading to differences and misunderstanding between domestic pro-democracy forces and EU member states. Besides, rifts could alsocome up among internal ethnic groups. Hence on account of being an accomplice to perpetuation of SPDC military tyranny and helping with SPDC acquiring internationallegitimacy, the BEPWN strongly denounces Harn Yawnghwe and put him on the Black List.
2. Dr. Salai Lian Hmong (Chin) member of ENC in exile
Dr. Salai Lian Hmong was General Secretary of the Chin National League for Democracywhich had won seats in 1990 General Elections. He had also been a member of theSecretariat of the United Nationalities League for Democracy (UNLD) which was an allianceof 23 ethnic parties. When he realized after the 1990 election that the SLORC was not goingto hand over power to elected MPs, he fled abroad fabricating that the SLORC regime wasgoing to issue an arrest warrant for him. Once among exiled pro-democracy forces, he lied tothem that he has been to jail on account of his pro-democracy activities, and brazenlycollected the Martin Luther King Jr. Award. Dr. Salai Lian Hmong is Euro Burma OfficeDirector Harn Yawnghwe's collaborator, and both of them are striving to get rich and powerful by exploiting Burma's democracy issue. Lian Hmong is an ethnic renegade assistingin perpetuation of pro-democracy Burmese people's enemy SPDC military rule, a closeassociate of him informed the BEPWN together with concrete evidences.Since Dr. Salai Lian Hmong is found to be opposing emergence of genuine democracyfavored by Burmese people and assisting in continuation of SPDC military rule, the BEPWNstrongly repudiates him and puts him on the Black List.
3. Sai Aik Pawng (Shan) General Secretary, Shan Nationalities League for Democracy
Sai Aik Pawng was the General Secretary of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy(SNLD) which had won 23 seats in 1990 General Elections. He had also attended the National Convention during 1993-1996.