UN အတွက် ရွေးချယ်ဖို့ အချိန်တန်ပြီ၊ တရားမဝင် စစ်အစိုးရ သို့မဟုတ် ဒီမိုကရေစီ နည်းလမ်းကျသော အမျိုးသားညီညွတ်ရေးအစိုးရ? တခြားရွေးချယ်စရာ မရှိပါ၊ တရားမျှတမှုသည်သာ။ NUG ကို အခုပဲ အသိအမှတ်ပြုပါ!
PDF Myanmar-Myanmar democracy campaign
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!
On November 2, 2021, persons claiming to be members of the Quezon City Police Department went to the national office of Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO) in Manila to unlawfully investigate a labor dispute involving its affiliate, the Federation and Cooperation of Cola, Beverage, and Allied Industry Unions (FCCU). The FCCU, an affiliate of the IUF, is engaged in a labour dispute at Coca-Cola Philippines over deadlocked wage bargaining and a national campaign for reinstatement of unfairly terminated union leaders.
This police harassment occurs in the context of ongoing intimidation and fear involving red-tagging.
Below is the SENTRO statement on recent harassment of trade union offices. The statement is also available here in PDF.
Progressive, Independent Trade Unionism is not the Enemy of Peace
November 3, 2021
Trade Unions play an important part in protecting working people, especially during this present COVID-19 pandemic. Unions are always the first to stand up for workers when they are denied decent wages, safe working conditions, adequate rest, and dignified lives. Beyond our workplace, the trade union movement has been a steadfast ally of progress, democracy, and social justice. It is, therefore, alarming when trade unions come under attack, as this is a clear sign of political repression.
The Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO) condemns the recent round of police surveillance and harassment of workers’ organizations in Metro Manila.
On November 2, 2021, persons claiming to be members of the Quezon City Police Department went to SENTRO’s premises in NCR inquiring about a labor dispute involving its affiliate, the Federation and Cooperation of Cola, Beverage, and Allied Industry Unions (FCCU). The FCCU is currently in the middle of a labor dispute against Coke Philippines for its unfair treatment of its workforce (see #SaveCokeWorkers for more details). Without relevant legal documents officially identifying and authorizing them and stating the purpose of their visit, they repeatedly asked for information regarding SENTRO’s office, the other unions present there, and their activities.
Further adding to their suspicious behavior, the alleged police personnel also went to the premises of the Trade Union Confederation of the Philippines (TUCP) compound in Quezon City. They inquired about the NAGKAISA Labor Coalition, of which SENTRO is a part.
These acts have no other effect but to harass trade unionists. Why should our police force waste valuable time and resources to snoop around union offices? Given important matters police should attend to, surveillance of legitimate trade union work should not be among these.
We call on the PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar to explicitly order the end to any attempts at and acts of intimidating or harassing trade unionists. We urge him to meet with union leaders and engage in a meaningful dialogue on how the PNP can truly help uphold the Constitutional right to freedom of association.
Progressive, independent trade unionism is not the enemy of peace. A unionized and empowered working class is the bedrock of a free and prosperous society.
On the International Day of Democracy (September 15) IUF members across the Asia-Pacific region are telling Accor and Hilton to STOP doing business with the military and military cronies in Myanmar!
In 2019 the United Nations Human Rights Council called for an end to the impunity of Myanmar’s military by isolating them financially. Despite this global companies like the Accor and Hilton hotel groups kept doing business with the military and military cronies in Myanmar.
Even after the military coup on February 1, 2021, Accor continues with business as usual. Justice for Myanmar shows Hilton Hotels Corp is still in business with the military cartel.