Thursday, 28 May 2020

Dhaka, Bangladesh: The military regime in Burma is a threat to regional security in south and south-east Asia as a section of refugees who have fled oppression and are sheltered in neighbouring countries are being used by fundamentalist forces. This was the opinion of speakers at a meeting of the South Asian Peoples Union against Fundamentalism and communalism (SAPUAFC) yesterday. The refugees are being used by the fundamentalist forces to achieve their evil designs, they said
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The discussion titled 'Free Aung San Suu Kyi' was organized by SAPUAFC at the Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (Bilia) auditorium in the city.
 The SAPUAFC urged the Bangladesh government to ask the military rulers of Burma to immediately release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader of Burma. “We urge the government of Bangladesh to at least issue a statement demanding the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,” said SAPUAFC president professor Kabir Chowdhury. General Secretary SAPUAFC Shahriar Kabir presented the keynote paper at the meeting. The speakers said under the military rule, the people of Burma are now subjected to the worst kind of political repression and their basic human rights are violated openly. They urged the people of Bangladesh to extend moral support to their Burmese brethren in restoring democracy for which Bangladeshis had fought against anti-democratic and fundamentalist forces.  The speakers also expressed solidarity with the people struggling in Burma.
Hamida Hossain of Ain O Salish Kendro criticized the role of the international community for not being vocal in restoring democracy in Burma.
 Underscoring the need for democracy in Burma, Justice Golam Rabbani said even the worst form of democracy is better than the most benevolent type of military rule.  Citing common experiences of both Bangladeshi and Burmese people in the movements against British colonial rule, Union President Kabir Chowdhury called for an active role in the ongoing movement for democracy in Burma.  Communist Party of Bangladesh President Manjurul Ahsan Khan, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Huq Inu, Justice K M Sobhan and Waliur Rahman of Bilia, human rights founding member of Ain O Salish Kendo (ASK)-Dr. Hamida Hussain and EC member of National Committee of Oil-Gas—Mineral Resources and Power-Port Protection Committee – Golam Rabbani also spoke on the occasion.