Burma campaigners urge Martin to raise issue at UN

Irish campaigners for democracy in Burma today urged the Foreign Affairs Minister to raise the issue at a United Nations summit on Monday.

Irish campaigners for democracy in Burma today urged the Foreign Affairs Minister to raise the issue at a United Nations summit on Monday.

Minister Micheál Martin is due to deliver a wide-ranging address in front of world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Burma Action Ireland today held a silent demo in Dublin to remember the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy marches led by Buddhist monks in Burma a year ago.

Today’s Remember the Brave Monks of Burma demonstration on Grafton Street marked the first anniversary of the so-called Saffron Revolution in the Asian country.

BAI chairperson Gearoid Kilgallen claimed some monks are still missing and entire monasteries have been sealed off by the junta’s soldiers.

“We urge the Government and Micheál Martin to raise this issue at the UN next week when the whole world will be listening,” said Mr Kilgallen.

Campaigners also want hundreds of political prisoners detained by Burma’s military rulers to be released.

BAI claims Burma has one of the world’s worst human rights records and more than 1,100 political prisoners.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was granted the freedom of Dublin and Galway cities, is due to enter her 14th year of detention next month.

Mr Kilgallen added: “Twelve months after the savage suppression of the peaceful ’Saffron Revolution’ the long-suffering people of Burma are no nearer the freedom and democracy they crave.

“The military rulers are utterly ruthless and totally corrupted by their absolute power.”

A recently published report, Bullets in the Alms Bowl, which contained eyewitness accounts of 50 victims of the Saffron Revolution, was funded by the Irish Government.

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