Burma Democratic Concern (BDC

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New Year Resolution
1st January 2012
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) sends the best wishes to all the people of Burma. May all the people of Burma be happy, peaceful and auspicious in this New Year! In this New Year, let’s us pledge again to work together making Burma a better place. Burma is facing challenges ahead and we need the concerted efforts of the all citizens of Burma to meet these challenges. The year that has just ended was a significant year for Burma. For the positive side, the current ruling regime initiated the dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, amended the electoral laws paving way for NLD to re-register as the official political party, released some political prisoners, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD decided to enter the election and by-election, U Thein Sein regime suspended the controversial Ayeyarwaddy dams, negotiating peace deals with the armed groups and passing some laws allowing democratic freedom. At the other hand, fighting between government troops and KIA is still going on in Kachin State, foreign debts are still burden of the country, Burma economy is not in good shape combining together with poverty, corruption, unemployment, inflation, and economics monopoly and cronyism are still prevailing around the nation deeply rooted. Military is the only strongest well established institution in the country which is well infiltrated deep inside the bureaucratic system of Burma.

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is the global campaigning and lobbying organisation to restore democracy, human rights and rule of law in Burma. www.bdcburma.org, www.bdcburma.wordpress.com, www.youtube.com/bdcburma, www.twitter.com/bdcburma, www.flickr.com/bdcburma, www.facebook.com/BurmaDemocraticConcern, http://bdc-burma.blogspot.com

Controversially still, military personnel are automatically occupied 25% of the parliamentary seats. Burma must work without wavering to restore democracy, human rights, and rule of law. Burma must establish the independent judiciary system so as to put a full stop on corruption, abuse of power, anyone staying above the law and anyone buying justice in Burma. We have to work our utmost to establish independent and impartial judiciary system in Burma. Burma must make sure to never allow manipulating laws which criminalize freedom of thought, expression, association, assembly and movement. Burma must ensure amending laws which legitimize arbitrary arrests, unlawful detention, inhumane interrogation, torture, arresting without warrant, charge or trial. Burma must work to achieve the ever lasting peace, unity in harmony and equality in diversity in Burma. Equally important is to review the controversial 2008 constitution which gives absolute power to military commander in chief which is still major concern for people of Burma. Burma must prioritise alleviating poverty, unemployment, inflation, illiteracy and major diseases. At the same time, Burma must work hard to end the economics monopoly and cronyism in Burma. Burma needs financial and technological assistance from international community so as to address the immediate needs of the people and in the process of rebuilding Burma. Flourishing Civil Society Organisations are one of the main concrete pillars protecting and strengthening a democratic system in the nation. Burma must work her utmost to flourish Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in Burma. Emergences of the new institutions are an important part of the democratisation process of Burma.

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is the global campaigning and lobbying organisation to restore democracy, human rights and rule of law in Burma. www.bdcburma.org, www.bdcburma.wordpress.com, www.youtube.com/bdcburma, www.twitter.com/bdcburma, www.flickr.com/bdcburma, www.facebook.com/BurmaDemocraticConcern, http://bdc-burma.blogspot.com

Burmese citizens must be able to practice three fundamental democratic rights i.e. freedom of association, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. Strengthening these three main principals are the essential parts of the democratisation process of Burma. Burma must work promoting freedom of assembly, freedom of association and freedom of expression in Burma. Burma must work at the same time thriving Student Unions, Labour Unions and Peasant Unions so that students, workers, peasants and farmers will have the platforms to voice their concerns, to protect their rights and to promote their welfares in Burma. Independent media and right to access freedom of information are the indicators which show the degree of the democratic tolerant in any nations. Burma must work to flourish freedom of media, social media and freedom of internet and information technology in Burma. Burma must empower every citizen with education which is the best investment for future of Burma while ensure supporting welfares of teachers, teaching carrier, teaching environment and education standard in Burma. Burma must educate her citizens of their rights, responsibilities and necessity of taking responsibilities in order to lay the concrete democratic foundation for future generations of Burma bearing in mind that Burma has gone through nearly half the century of successive various dictatorships and military dictatorships together with armed conflicts. Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) truly believes that it must be one of our primary tasks to educate our children with knowledge, technology and employable skills while ensures teaching humanitarian caring, humanity values and human development. Burma must build the society of tolerance. To meet that end Burma must work to prosper the culture of dialogue, research, reasoning, question

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is the global campaigning and lobbying organisation to restore democracy, human rights and rule of law in Burma. www.bdcburma.org, www.bdcburma.wordpress.com, www.youtube.com/bdcburma, www.twitter.com/bdcburma, www.flickr.com/bdcburma, www.facebook.com/BurmaDemocraticConcern, http://bdc-burma.blogspot.com

mark, freedom from fear, boosting self-confident and nurturing positive attitude in Burma. Education starts at home and we truly believe that it is the essential part of the nation building process to educate families with parenting skills, child development and nurturing children. Since Buddhist monasteries and Buddhist monks are essential vital part of the Burmese society and accordingly Burma must work to promote monastery education and support the welfare of the Buddhist monks. Burma must work to ensure promoting religious freedom in Burma while Burma must have a commission which oversee the protection and promotion of (ethnics) minority rights i.e. maintaining heritage, religion, language, culture, food, writing, music and environment etc. Burma must gradually modernize defence forces while educating them with values of professionalism and humanity. Burma must work improving health and social care system which must be affordable and accessible to all the citizens. Burma must improve agricultural system and must emphasise working on the development of villages, rural and border areas. Urban population is expected to grow and Burma must work to embrace urbanization by expanding urban infrastructure, by creating jobs and improving bus and transportation services. Responsible sustainable tourism is one of the most rewarding industries which can assist economic development in Burma. Burma must promote responsible sustainable tourism and at the same time Burma must encourage citizens to travel so as to promote understanding, knowledge and friendship between different societies residing at the different places.

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is the global campaigning and lobbying organisation to restore democracy, human rights and rule of law in Burma. www.bdcburma.org, www.bdcburma.wordpress.com, www.youtube.com/bdcburma, www.twitter.com/bdcburma, www.flickr.com/bdcburma, www.facebook.com/BurmaDemocraticConcern, http://bdc-burma.blogspot.com

Burma must gradually build industrialised economy that can generate nation’s revenues. The process of gradual economic reforms must be initiated right now. Economic growth is essential for the well being of our people. We must build the infrastructures needed to industrialize Burma. Energy is an essential for development. Burma must work to ensure providing sufficient electricity and gas for all the citizens of Burma. Burma must protect and work improving environment for our future generations. We must work to protect the waters, lakes, streams and rivers not to be polluted and not to be dried up while ensure protecting people from flooding and water erosion. Burma must anticipate controlling the quality of our air bearing in mind that the potential growth of urbanisation and industrialisation can increase air pollution. Burma must protect forests, biodiversity and natural resources. Burma must work to gradually end excessive irresponsible logging, cutting forests and clearing land for agriculture. Burma must increase efforts to afforestation while Burma must work to gradually ban exporting teaks, logs, raw wood, cane, bamboo and endangered forest products in Burma. Burma must alleviate corruption. The worst form of corruption is corruption of immigration control personnel. We must prioritise to secure our borders to deter and detect illegal immigrants’ intrusions into Burma since population affect us all. Burma must ensure the fiscal stability and we must set up the feasible tax, banking and monetary policy in Burma. Burma must have the strategic national planning and budget distribution commission so as to effectively plan and distribute spending and future strategic national planning. We also need gradual reforms in systems of government which would increase responsibility, accountability and transparency. This will be simultaneous and gradual evolutionary process and from time to time we
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is the global campaigning and lobbying organisation to restore democracy, human rights and rule of law in Burma. www.bdcburma.org, www.bdcburma.wordpress.com, www.youtube.com/bdcburma, www.twitter.com/bdcburma, www.flickr.com/bdcburma, www.facebook.com/BurmaDemocraticConcern, http://bdc-burma.blogspot.com

must re-evaluate our reform process so as to have the best possible results to democratise Burma. Burma must be working to decentralise her administration mechanisms and people must have the right to voice their concerns on every aspect of democratisation process. These will be on top of Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) agenda for this year. Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) would like to reaffirm our position that we will be keep on working:
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to restore democracy, human rights and rule of law in Burma. to release all the political prisoners. to establish the independent judiciary system in Burma. to achieve the ever lasting peace, unity in harmony and equality in diversity in Burma. to review 2008 constitution to be acceptable for all the people of Burma. to flourish Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in Burma. to flourish freedom of assembly, association and expression in Burma. to flourish freedom of media, social media, internet and information technology in Burma. to educate citizens of their rights, responsibilities and necessity of taking responsibilities in Burma.

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is the global campaigning and lobbying organisation to restore democracy, human rights and rule of law in Burma. www.bdcburma.org, www.bdcburma.wordpress.com, www.youtube.com/bdcburma, www.twitter.com/bdcburma, www.flickr.com/bdcburma, www.facebook.com/BurmaDemocraticConcern, http://bdc-burma.blogspot.com

to educate humanitarian caring, humanity values and human development in Burma. to educate parenting, child development and nurturing children in Burma. to promote monastery education, education standard, teaching system and welfares of teachers in Burma. to prosper the dialogue, research, reasoning and question mark culture in Burma. to promote minority rights i.e. maintaining heritage, language, culture, food, writing, music and environment etc to prosper the culture of freedom from fear, boosting self-confident and nurturing positive attitude in Burma. to improve health and social care system in Burma. to support the responsible sustainable tourism in Burma. to support international community giving humanitarian assistance inside Burma. to support international financial institutions giving development assistance inside Burma. to encourage establishing the strategic national planning and budget distribution commission in Burma. to set up the feasible tax, banking, fiscal and monetary policy in Burma. to alleviate unemployment, poverty and inflation in Burma.

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Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is the global campaigning and lobbying organisation to restore democracy, human rights and rule of law in Burma. www.bdcburma.org, www.bdcburma.wordpress.com, www.youtube.com/bdcburma, www.twitter.com/bdcburma, www.flickr.com/bdcburma, www.facebook.com/BurmaDemocraticConcern, http://bdc-burma.blogspot.com

to put a full stop on corruption, abuse of power, anyone above the law and buying justice in Burma. to end the economics monopoly and cronyism in Burma. to modernize defence forces while educating them with values of professionalism and humanity. to control illegal immigrants intrusions into Burma. to protect environment, biodiversity, forests and natural resources in Burma.

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However, we accept the fact that this reform process will take time. We would like to thank the millions people around the world who helped us to make Burma to be the free democratic society. Let us stand united overcoming all challenges. Yes We Can! We Will Win! Happy, healthy and peaceful new year to you all! Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) www.bdcburma.org

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is the global campaigning and lobbying organisation to restore democracy, human rights and rule of law in Burma. www.bdcburma.org, www.bdcburma.wordpress.com, www.youtube.com/bdcburma, www.twitter.com/bdcburma, www.flickr.com/bdcburma, www.facebook.com/BurmaDemocraticConcern, http://bdc-burma.blogspot.com

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