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After the recent Burmese military attack on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and National League for Democracy (NLD) members, Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA calls on the Australian government to join the international community in taking direct action to condemn the military crackdown and to demand release of all political prisoners in Burma.
During a junta-supported ambush on 30 May, Burmese military generals arrested Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and approximately 50 NLD supporters. Some opposition sources estimate up to 70 NLD members were killed during the attack, whilst at least 94 individuals remain listed as "disappeared."
In response to the military crackdown, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has temporarily suspended the controversial human rights workshops the Australian government funds in Burma, but the government has otherwise continued its policy of "constructive engagement" with the Burmese military regime. Such a policy is clearly out of line with the majority of the international community.
Japan, Burma's largest donor nation, is using financial pressure to secure release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, departing from a softer position in the past.
The EU has imposed sanctions including stripping Burma of trading privileges, freezing non-humanitarian economic aid, a ban on military links and an arms embargo.
The US has banned imports on goods manufactured in Burma and by offshore companies owned by the regime, also banning new investment by US companies.
In a significant departure from ASEAN stated policy of non-interference in internal affairs of member states, Malaysia's Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad has threatened to expel Burma from ASEAN if Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is not released.
Peter Jennings, Executive Officer of Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, has commented, "We are appalled by the Burmese junta's blatant disregard for democracy and human rights, as clearly demonstrated once again on 30 May."
"We urge the Australian government to immediately cancel the human rights workshops, condemn the Burmese junta's actions against the NLD in the strongest possible terms and demand intervention by the UN."
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