12 July 2012 A Response to the coalition of 31 international NGOs calling for the immigration law reform in Burma

As the Burmese political activists residing in overseas for more than two decades, we take the minority issue seriously. First of all, we would like to clarify that the recent crisis in Arakan state was not based on the race or religion but the crimes committed by both parties. The lack of rule of law and corruptions employed by the military rule for decades were to be blamed for it. The question here for the coalition of 31 international NGOs that suggests what the lawmakers in Burma should do with regard to the immigration law reform is that does it really think that more than 80% MPs made up of the cronies and goons of the military will listen to what they ask for? Of course not, it already knows it. If the coalition of 31 international NGOs thinks it might work to push the opposition MPs, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, made up of less than 20% in the whole parliament, in this case, there is something wrong with these NGOs. Let’s say if Burma is a well established democracy, should the lawmakers in Burma listen to their constituents or a bunch of NGOs from overseas? Representative, in its own definition, is to represent the will of the constituents. Don’t the NGOs think? Also, is it so premature to suggest the lawmakers what should/ should not be inserted in the reform law that has not yet been set in the agenda to discuss in the parliament? Remember, no minority’s rights is still guaranteed under 2008 constitution in Burma. If the coalition of 31 international NGOs thinks it has moral responsibility to craft the other nation’s laws, our question here is that how many of these NGOs members have involved in the law making process in their own country? The fallacy of these NGOs begins with quoting the UN institutions that always have left the loopholes for the superpower nations and their cohorts to do whatever they want in the end. Let’s have a look at the most dangerous institution called R2P. Why did the superpowers use R2P against Libya? And, why don’t they use it against Syria, and why not? Does the coalition of 31 international NGOs think it should write a draft resolution or suggestion - “one size fit it all”, a universal approach - in this regard and send it to the UNSC? Anyway, the point we would like make here is that no law is perfect in this world. And, all of the laws must at least reflect the will of the majority people in the nations of their own.

Here is another example. The most powerful nation on earth called the US has signed the NDAA law during the Christmas Eve of last year, and maintained the Guantanamo prison for years. One violates the 4th amendment of the US constitution and the other violates the international law. Does the coalition of 31 international NGOs think it should write a draft and send it to the US lawmakers and others? And, may we ask them why/why not? Still, we are in serious doubt that the lawmakers in the US will pay attention to it. If the coalition of 31 international NGOs thinks it can issue whatever statement it wants to Burma, one of worst trouble-spot nations on earth, without learning the opinion of the majority of the people in Burma in this regard, there will be a tremendous backlash and setback on these NGOs’ effort for democratization of Burma sooner rather than later.
Central Working Committee
1. U Aung Than Oo (Germany) atoburma@web.de 2. U Hla Myint Naing (The Netherlands) hlamyingtnaing@yahoo.com 3. U Htay Tint (The Netherlands) htaytint@hotmail.com 4. U Kyaw Thwin (Norway) kyawthwin2004@yahoo.com 5. Dr. Than Htike(Poland) htikemaungthan@gmail.com 6. U Maung Maung Aung (UK) maungmaungag@gmail.com 7. Daw Ohnmar Oo (UK) shinminoo@gmail.com

Working Committee
1. Dr. Moe Moe Hnin (Belgium) naga@fulladsl.be 2. U Nai Htor Oo (Denmark) htoroo@gmail.com 3.U Htin Kyaw Lwin (France) htinkyaw9954@hotmail.com 4. U Ko Htwe ( France ) letkhine@gmail.com 5. Ashin Zawana (The Netherlands) mymmom2@gmail.com 6. U Moe Kyaw (The Netherlands) winmoekyaw@yahoo.com 7. U Myat Thiha (The Netherlands) myatthiha101@yahoo.co.uk 8. Sai Mya Han (The Netherlands) nationsai@gmail.com 9. Set Myo Oo (The Netherlands) Setmyo.oo@gmail.com 10. U Kyaw Thu King (Norway) chitsayar18@yahoo.com 11. Ko Thant Zin Htike (UK) tzhtike2004@gmail.com
12. Mr L Goon Tawng ( UK)

13. Mr Chris (alias) Ring Du Lachyung (UK)

14. U Hla Win ( Maesod )

kolawin@gmail.com Contect person U Htay Tint (The Netherlands) htaytintnl@gmail.com Daw Ohnmar Oo (UK) shinminoo@gmail.com

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