Rudd must mark Saffron Revolution anniversary by working for justice for Burma
Media Release: Senator Scott Ludlam, Tuesday September 27th, 2011
With this week marking the fourth anniversary of the Burmese regime’s crackdown on protests by Buddhist monks, the Australian Greens called on Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd to take action to establish a United Nations inquiry into crimes against humanity in Burma.
Four years on from the Saffron Revolution, 222 monks are still imprisoned in Burma while not a single perpetrator of the violent repression has been held to account.
The Greens spokesperson on Burma, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the Australian Government had voiced support for a UN Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Burma but had done little to make it a reality.
“Support in principle is a good step, but it is only the first step – We need to see the Australian Government take a leading role in pursuing justice for Burma.
“Elections have been held in Burma, but very little has fundamentally changed. The power of the military remains institutionally entrenched, military and political figures implicated in horrendous crimes remain not only at large, but in positions of authority and privilege.”
Senator Ludlam urged Minister Rudd to take decisive practical action to establish the Commission of Inquiry.
“Australia has a responsibility as an international citizen and as a part of our region to shine a spotlight on human rights violations and crimes of this scale – and to work for justice.”
Senator Ludlam encouraged concerned Australians to support Burma Campaign Australia’s online petition to the Minister:
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