The United Nations (UN) designated September 15 as the International Day of Democracy. On this day we call for the restoration of democracy and democratic rights in Myanmar.
One year ago there was a campaign on September 15, 2021, calling on the UN to recognize the democratic National Unity Government (NUG) as the legitimate government of the people of Myanmar and to reject the illegal, bloody military State Administration Council (SAC). This call came just before an important decision of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on whether to recognize NUG or the SAC.
Despite the tremendous support of several governments around the world, the UN General Assembly failed to make a clear choice. In response, on October 26, 2021, the IUF Asia/Pacific Regional Committee expressed concern that 75th Session of the UN General Assembly had not taken a clear decision on the rejection of the military State Administration Council (SAC) and recognition of the democratic NUG, warning that:
further delay in the rejection of the SAC and recognition of the NUG will embolden the military regime and increase its military attacks on civilian populations.
Tragically this is exactly what happened. An emboldened SAC military junta escalated its brutal war on the people, with military attacks on villages and aerial bombings. Thousands more human rights defenders and trade unionists were arrested, hundreds more were sentenced to prison terms. And on July 26, 2022, the SAC military junta executed four political prisoners.
One year later, on September 15, 2022, the international community again mobilizes to call on the UN General Assembly to recognize NUG and reject SAC.
Only total political rejection of the SAC as an illegitimate, criminal military regime and full support for NUG can help end this reign of terror and provide much needed support for the courageous struggle of all the peoples of Myanmar to restore democracy.
What choice is there now for the UN? The SAC military junta or the democratic NUG? There is no choice. Only justice.
Recognize NUG now!