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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