Burma's Military Regime
The very existence of monastic life is being destroyed by Burma’s military
regime. The twin brutalities of the September crackdown of peaceful protestors
and the slow response to Cyclone Nargis will stand as great stains on the souls
of Burma’s self-appointed regime.
Since Burma’s democratic uprising in 1988, our country has seen increasing
violations of human rights. Relentless ethnic cleansing has included mass
killings, torture, and the rape of ethnic minority women. More than three
thousand villages have been destroyed across the country. This is indeed
terrible suffering. Everyday, more people join the millions of refugees and
migrants who have fled to the borders of India, Bangladesh and Thailand.
The majority of Burmese people throughout our country are suffering terribly
with problems such as poverty, starvation, ill health and ignorance – a direct
result of the military junta’s unjust policies, discrimination, and indifference
to the welfare of our people. The crises and challenges we are facing are the
results of repressive rule in Burma.
Inside Burma, there is no freedom of speech, assembly, or movement. To break the
the junta’s pervasive rules, could result in arrest or worse. Facing these
challenges, our people have devoted their lives for freedom and democracy. As
monks, we never advocate violence, and we will continue to use only peaceful
means to promote democracy and human rights in Burma. Nonetheless, with such
conditions of tragedy, Burma will continue to be a cruel crucible for its
peoples unless the international community takes appropriate action against the