Urgent request concerning Burma (Myanmar)

The Rafto Foundation has issued an urgent request to the Norwegian authorities, as well ambassadors of Russia, China and India in Norway concerning recent demonstrations in Burma.


Bergen, Nor­way, 25 Sep­tem­ber 2007
Nor­we­gian Min­is­ter of For­eign Affairs
Ambas­sador of the Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion to Norway
Ambas­sador of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Chi­na to Norway
Ambas­sador of India to Norway
Nor­we­gian Ambas­sador to the Unit­ed Nations

Your Excel­len­cies,

Urgent request con­cern­ing Bur­ma (Myan­mar)
On behalf of the Rafto foun­da­tion for human rights, I here­by extend a strong request for your gov­ern­ments to take imme­di­ate action to secure that the unrest cur­rent­ly unfold­ing in Bur­ma (Myan­mar) is resolved in a peace­ful manner.

Along with many observers in the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty, I fear that the tense sit­u­a­tion unfold­ing at this very moment in Ran­goon and oth­er Burmese cities may end in tragedy for the cit­i­zens exer­cis­ing their human right to free speech and polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion, and for the polit­i­cal future of the coun­try as a whole.

The prob­lems of the Burmese peo­ple can­not be solved by fur­ther repres­sion of the polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion in the coun­try. I there­fore urge you to issue an imme­di­ate and pub­lic demand addressed to the gov­ern­ment of Bur­ma, requir­ing that the oppo­si­tion be includ­ed in talks aimed at reform­ing the polit­i­cal insti­tu­tions of the coun­try in a man­ner con­ducive for achiev­ing improved liv­ing con­di­tions and respect for human rights for all its citizens.


Arne Lil­jedahl Lynngård
Chair­man of the Rafto Foundation


  1. Mran Soe Aung says:

    Thank you Rafto.It will help Burmese peo­ple so much i hope.
    Mran Soe

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