Peace-building and Solving of Human Rights Problems
June 12, 2011
The civil war in Burma has been protracted for many decades especially in all ethnic regions. Because of war and fighting between the central governments and different ethnic armed groups, not only the ethnic people in border areas suffered by war, conflict, fighting and human rights violations, but the majority Burman people in central part are suffered socially and economically.
The new government’s Prime Minister in his key speech as plan to build a ‘national unity’ with ethnic nationalities. But in this situation, what was his definition on national unity. National unity could not build by pressure. The recent formation of Border Guard Force (BGF), an attempt to eliminate ethnic armed group could not reach for peace. Many ceasefire groups those did not accept the BGF planned to fight against the central government.
Therefore, if the new government plans to build national unity, it needs to consider for peace building first. Without peace, national building is impossible. Whether the new government want to build up ‘national unity’, or peace-building, it is necessary to listen the voices of ethnic people in all ethnic regions and Burman people in central part of Burma.
The government should consider about their expenditure for war, and it needs to seriously to reduce budget for war and increase budget building. Because of over six decades war, there are misinterpreting or mis-understanding between Burman majority and ethnic people. Peace-building should be set up from the community level, among the religious groups, and up to the political level.
International peace-building organizations also need to help the government in this process.
HURFOM believes that when the peace-building is completed, the human rights will be also promoted and protected.