The revolution that wasn’t
September 26th marks the 4th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution. Alas, it also marks the anniversary of the Burmese regime’s violent crackdown on the tens of thousands of Buddhist monks who participated in the peaceful protest marches. Four years later, 222 monks remain in prison, while the people who planned and perpetrated the brutal attacks are still at large.
Despite the mock elections and the gentrification of the military government, little has changed in Burma. And almost nothing has changed for the better. More than 2200 political prisoners are still languishing in the dreaded Burmese prisons. The Burmese authorities have allegedly destroyed more than 3,500 villages, forcefully displayed over one million refugees and recruited tens of thousands of child soldiers.
A little help from their friends
The Burmese people urgently need a UN Commission of Inquiry into crimes against humanity in Burma. According to the US Campaign for Burma, president Obama has said he supports establishing such a Commission. However, the organization claims that he has done little to make this a reality.
The 4th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution is the perfect opportunity to remind Obama – and the rest of the world – that the Burmese people need our help. Brave as the monks are, they cannot conquer the brutal regime without some support from the rest of the world.
Don’t forget Burma! And don’t let Obama forget either. Sign the petition calling on Obama to lead the effort for an international investigation into crimes against humanity in Burma.
UPDATE: On 12. October 2011, the Burmese regime released 227 political prisoners. However, at least 1700 still suffer in Burmese prisons, among them important regime critics like Min Ko Naing and Ko Mya Aye.