Date: 15 September 2000

Your Excellency Lieutenant General Khin Nyunt,
Secretary 1
State Peace and Development Council
c/o Director of Defense Services Intelligence (DDSI)
Ministry of Defense, Signal Pagoda Road
Dagon Post Office
Yangon, Union of Myanmar

Dear Sir,

Joint Statement on the Safety of Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues

We are gravely concerned for the safety of Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, the vice president of National League for Democracy (NLD), U Tin U and their 16 other colleagues and strongly condemn the Burmese military junta for detaining them incommunicado.

What has happened in Burma is a gross violation of fundamental human rights and is totally unacceptable in a civilised world. The world will hold the Burmese junta responsible if anything were to happen to Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues.

We strongly urge:

1. The ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to release Aung San Suu Kyi, U Tin U and 16 others immediately and unconditionally and allow them to move in the country freely.
2. The SPDC to stop immediately all forms of harassment and intimidation on the NLD, its leaders and members.
3. The SPDC to immediately heed the calls of the NLD and engage itself in peaceful dialogue with the NLD to find a political solution to the country, which will reflect the democratic will of the people.
4. ASEAN to send a delegation to Burma to ensure in person that Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues are physically unharmed and not subjected to any form of torture.
5. ASEAN to exercise the Troika mechanism accepted in the recent ministerial meeting in Bangkok to resolve the political crisis in Burma and to ensure that the fundamental human rights of the people are upheld.
6. The Malaysian national oil company, Petronas to withdraw all its investment in Burma so that a democratic way of life will be respected and observed by the Burmese military junta.

Endorsing organization

1. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram)
2. Save Our Sungai Selangor (SOS Selangor)
3. Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)
4. Community Development Center (CDC)
5. Democratic Youth and Student Movement of Malaysia (DEMA)
6. Labor Resource Center (LRC)
7. International Movement for a Just World (JUST)
8. Democratic Action Party (DAP)
9. Penang Organic Farm (POF)
10. Malaysia Local Democracy Initiatives (MALODI)
11. Persatuan Pengguna Pahang (PAC)
12. Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth (SCAHY)
13. Education and Research Association of Consumer, Malaysia (Era Consumer)
14. Jawatankuasa Sokongan Peneroka Bandar (JSPB)
15. Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM)
16. Institute for Development and Alternative Living (IDEAL)
17. Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)
18. Urban Resource Unit (URU)
19. Aliran
20. Woman Candidates Initiatives (WCI)
21. Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (KOMAS)
22. Women's Development Collective (WDC)
23. All Women's Action Society (AWAM)

1. Datuk Seri Syed Hamid, Foreign Minister of Malaysia
2. Chairman of Petronas
3. Chair of ASEAN

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
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