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NCGUB on Daw Suu's Statement at UN

Subject:       NCGUB on Daw Suu's Statement at UN Women's Conf

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Statement On Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Address
to the NGO Forum at UN Women's Conference in Beijing

(September 5, 1995)

The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma welcomes the 
international response to the address made by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to the 
United Nations Women's Conference in China. We look forward to the time 
when women in Burma, and the rest of the world, will be able to 
participate as equals in all spheres, especially in the governing of 
their own countries.

In Burma, as in many traditional societies, there are fundamental 
inequalities in the condition of women that need to be addressed.  But as 
the situation in Burma also shows, it is difficult if not impossible to 
make progress in resolving these societal inequities without a free and 
democratic government.   As our cause for democracy is inseparably linked 
to the cause of equality that the groups meeting in China are pursuing, 
so must our efforts be linked.  

We call attention to the threatening tone of General Khin Nyunt's warning 
to those he says are fabricating and disseminating news that women in the 
Western and European Nations are enjoying rights but those in Asian and 
African nations are not. While the rights of no one in Burma are safe 
under the current regime, it must be noted that  women are especially 
vulnerable and often experience even greater abuses than men.  It is 
because of this background of violence against women in Burma that Daw 
Suu's call for equality and security is especially courageous.

In Burma, it is only the vigilance of the international community that 
now stands between those, who would use violence both in the home and in 
the streets, and the people. We call on the international community to 
maintain that vigilance to help protect the security of all the women of 
Burma, particularly that of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who, because of her 
calls for democracy and dialogue for national reconciliation, is seen as 
a threat by the military regime.