Parliamentarians from 16 European countries, members of the European Parliamentary Caucus on Burma (EPCB), today called on United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to immediately impose a global arms embargo against the military regime in Burma to pressure the dictatorship to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in Burma.
In a letter to all Security Council members, the EPCB expressed its deep concern over the continued detention of Burma’s democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi saying; “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma’s democracy movement, is now spending her 14th birthday in detention, and a sham of a trial will ensure she will remain detained when elections take place next year.”
The EPCB pointed out that three statements by the Security Council calling on the dictatorship to reform have been ignored by the ruling regime, the State Peace and Development Council.
“This defiance cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged. The time is long overdue for a global arms embargo against Burma, and we call on your government to publicly commit itself to such a step” the letter said.
The European Parliamentary Caucus on Burma was founded in June 2008 to raise awareness on Burma in Europe and promote human rights and democracy in Burma.