Military Junta, Withdraw from Burma Politics!

 Restore Democracy! End Elite Rule!

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We, the grassroots communities, peoples’ organizations, civil society organizations, scholar-activists, and concerned individuals strongly condemn the Burmese military coup for their onslaught of arbitrary arrests of elected government officials, pro-democracy activists, and members of civil society, and for the elimination of the democratic space in Burma.

We stand in solidarity with the peoples of Burma and we register our calls:

We demand that the military cease interfering with Burma politics and return to the barracks where they rightfully belong. 

We demand that the civilian government be reinstated, but not only to return to the hands of the elite. Having failed the human rights test by justifying the massive atrocities against Burma’s ethnic minorities, especially the Rohingya genocide, Aung San Suu Kyi should give way and make room for the emergence of progressive and multi-ethnic leadership. 

We demand that a new constitution be enacted once a civilian government is restored and progressive leadership emerges that will expunge all references to the military’s involvement in politics, specifically its 25% entitlement of seats in parliament which effectively makes any constitutional amendments towards a genuine democracy impossible. The crafting of a new constitution should lead to new elections that will genuinely be participative, inclusive, and democratic.

As a safeguard against a return to elite rule, we call on non-NLD democratic and progressive forces to step up and organize themselves into an alternative political force that will contest political leadership in Burma.

We demand that the military junta be held accountable for countless cases of human rights violations and atrocities suffered by the peoples of Burma and to face prosecution before the International Criminal Court and other international tribunals. 

We demand that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) strongly censure Burma’s military rulers and suspend the country’s membership in the regional body until democracy is fully and meaningfully restored. 

We call on the international community to exert pressure on the regional partners of the military dictatorship namely, Russia, India, North Korea, Japan, and China (Myanmar’s key protector within the UN Security Council) to halt their military and economic support until democracy is fully in place.

We express our solidarity with the health workers, teachers, civil servants, factory workers, other essential workers, and peasants and farmworkers, along with grassroots activists in the country who engage in civil disobedience to protest the military takeover and to fight for the fundamental freedoms and the rule of law not only for the peoples of Burma but also for the peoples of Southeast Asia!

Endorsing Organizations: 

  1. University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies Program on Alternative Development (UP CIDS AltDev)
  2. Back Pack Health Worker Team (BPHWT), Burma
  3. Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)
  4. Kanlungan Centre Foundation, Inc., Philippines
  5. K’dadalak Sulimutuk Institute, Timor Leste
  6. Mokatil- Tovimentu Kamponezes Timor Leste
  7. Movimentu Popular Reforma Agraria (MPRA, Timor Leste
  8. Uniaun Agrikultores Covalima (UNARCO), Timor Leste
  9. Uniaun Agrikultores Ermera (UNAER), Timor Leste
  10. Institutu Edukasaun Popular (IEP)- Timor Leste
  11. Aksyon sa Kahandaan sa Kalamidad at Klima (AKKMA), Philippines
  12. Urban Poor Alliance Philippines (UP ALL)
  13. Luzon CMP People’s Organization Network (LCMP PO NET), Philippines
  14. PASDEV Development Center, Philippines
  15. Sustainability and Participation through Education and Lifelong Learning (SPELL), Philippines
  16. The Right Association, Timor Leste
  17. ASEAN SOGIE Caucus (ASC)
  18. Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee, Pakistan
  19. National Union Confederation (KSN), Indonesia
  20. Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF)
  21. Peace Women Partners
  22. Stop the War Coalition, Philippines
  23. WomanHealth Philippines
  24. Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB), Philippines
  25. Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), Philippines
  26. TEA group (Togetherness for Equality and Action), Thailand
  27. Working People’s Party (PRP), Indonesia
  28. Federation Of Karya Utama Union (FSBKU), Indonesia
  29. Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas
  30. Society of Transexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP)
  31. Partido Manggagawa (Workers’ Party), Philippines
  32. Rural Poor Institute for Land and Human Rights Services (RIGHTS), Inc.
  33. Feminist’s Liberation Front (FLF), Thailand
  34. Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières (ESSF), France
  35. Focus on the Global South, Thailand, Philippines, India
  36. North South Initiative, Malaysia
  37. Alab Katipunan (AK), Philippines
  38. Federation of Free Workers, Philippines
  39. Bandung Women’s Voice Community (SPB) Bandung, Indonesia
  40. Kilos Maralita (KM), Philippines
  41. People’s Welfare and Reforms for Social Advancement (PWERSA), Philippines
  42. Finnish Asiatic Society, Finland
  43. Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP/Solidarity of Filipino Workers), Philippines
  44. Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK), Philippines
  45. Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Philippines
  46. Trade Justice Pilipinas
  47. Laban ng Masa, Philippines
  48. Alyansa ng mga Mamamayan para sa Karapatang Pantao (AMKP), Mindanao, Philippines
  49. OutRight Action International
  50. Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP)
  51. Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO-NAGKAISA)
  52. Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) 
  53. All Nepal Peasants Federation(ANPFa)
  54. Alyansa ng Kabataang Mindanao para sa Kapayapaan (AKMK) 
  55. Kilusan Para sa Pambansang Demokrasya, Philippines
  56. National Fisheries Solidarity Movement of Sri Lanka
  57. LILAK Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights, Philippines
  58. Center for Migrant Advocacy Philippines
  59. KATARUNGAN, Philippines
  60. Mazingira Institute, Kenya
  61. Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), Malaysia
  62. Housing and Land Rights Network – Habitat International Coalition, Egypt and Switzerland
  63. The Corner House, UK
  64. Centro Internazionale Crocevia (CIC), Italy
  65. Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), Philippines
  66. Convergence of Initiatives for Environmental Justice (CIEJ), Philippines
  67. Baywatch Foundation, Philippines
  68. Kalipunan ng mga Kilusang Masa (KALIPUNAN), Philippines
  69. Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT), Cambodia
  70. Konfederasi Pergerakan Rakyat Indonesia (KPRI – Confederation of Indonesian Peoples’ Movement)
  71. Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan (LRC-KsK), Philippines
  72. Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition La Union, Philippines
  73. Sanlakas, Philippines
  74. Health and Development Alliance (HEAD), Cambodia
  75. Thailand Human Rights Campaign, United Kingdom
  76. Maan Ystävät – Friends of the Earth, Finland
  77. Asia Monitor Resource Centre
  78. Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation
  79. La Via Campesina (International Peasants’ Movement)
  80. Metro Manila Pride

Endorsing Individuals:

  1. Tony Salvador, Labor Lawyer, Philippines
  2. Su Su Wai, Peace Practitioner, Myanmar
  3. Andrew Aeria, Civil Society Activist, Malaysia
  4. Christian Ramilo, Musician, Philippines
  5. Jenny Romero Llaguno, Philippines
  6. Monina Geaga, Philippines
  7. Luzviminda Santos, Philippines
  8. Girlie Amarillo, Professor, Philippines)
  9. Maria Dulce F. Natividad, University of the Philippines
  10. Jun Borras, Professor, ISS, Den Hague, Netherlands
  11. Bonn Juego, Academic, Philippines/Finland
  12. Maria Karina A. Bolasco, Publisher, Philippines
  13. Rene E. Ofreneo, Professor Emeritus, UP, Philippines
  14. Rosalinda P. Ofreneo, Professor Emeritus, UP, Philippines
  15. Mary Ann Manahan, Scholar-Activist, Ghent University, Philippines/Belgium
  16. Roger Daenekindt, Belgium
  17. Teodoro C. Mendoza, PhD. Agronomist, Philippines
  18. Noli Buhay, Sweden
  19. Eduardo Tadem, Retired Professor, University of the Philippines
  20. Pierre Rousset, France
  21. Andy Rutherford, United Kingdom
  22. Nathaniel Candelaria, Philippines
  23. Bro Karl Gaspar CSsR, Professor, Philippines
  24. Francisco Nemenzo, Professor Emeritus and former President, University of the Philippines
  25. Teresa Encarnacion Tadem, Professor of Political Science, University of the Philippines
  26. Nathan Gilbert Quimpo, Japan
  27. Valentin da Costa Pinto, Director, Fundasaun HTL, Timor Leste
  28. Prof. Anuradha Chenoy, Retired, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  29. Mohiuddin Ahmad, Writer/columnist, Bangladesh 
  30. Olle Törnquist, Professor of Politics and Development, University of Oslo
  31. Prof. Aurora de Dios, Miriam College, Philippines
  32. Jai Sen, India and Canada
  33. Tove Selin, Chair, Finnish Asiatic Society, Finland
  34. Laurence Davis, Lecturer in Government and Politics, University College Cork, Ireland
  35. Lisandro E. Claudio, Assistant Professor, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, United States of America
  36. Bobbie Sta. Maria, Deputy Director, Global Labor Justice – International Labor Rights Forum
  37. Rasti Delizo, Philippines
  38. Maria Fatima Villena, MA Student, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila
  39. Kevin Hewison, Distinguished Emeritus Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States of America
  40. Ben Kerkvliet, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University, Australia
  41. Venarica Papa, Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines
  42. Verna Dinah Q. Viajar, Postdoc Research Fellow, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Philippines
  43. Robin A. De Los Reyes, Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Philippines
  44. Vedi Hadiz, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne
  45. Valtimore Fenis, Mindanao, Philippines
  46. Prof.Dr. Attachak Sattayanurak, Department of History, Chiangmai University,Thailand
  47. Philip Hirsch, Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney
  48. Ryan Joseph Martinez, Philippines
  49. Jenny Franco, researcher, IPES-Food, Netherlands
  50. Reemar Alonsagay, Peace Worker, Mindanao, Philippines
  51. Yuen Abana, Partido Manggagawa, Philippines
  52. Natalia Scurrah, Researcher, Thailand
  53. Frances Cruz, Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines
  54. Nicola Bullard, France
  55. Joel Barredo, Director, SHAPE-SEA, Thailand/Southeast Asia
  56. Althcell Wisdom Tungbaban, Department of Education, Philippines
  57. Jan Marvi Atienza, Save San Roque, Philippines
  58. Rafael Dimalanta, Philippines
  59. Lucia Sihombing, Indonesia
  60. Rizki Estrada, Digital Rights Defender, Indonesia
  61. Corazon Valdez Fabros, Vice President, International Peace Bureau
  62. Temario Rivera, Chair, Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG), Philippines 
  63. Prof. Lawrence Surendra (former UN-ESCAP)
  64. Kristine S. Calleja, Graduate Student, Asian Center, University of the Philippines- Diliman, Philippines
  65. Chibu. S. Lagman, a retired professor of Latin American Studies