Initial Agreement Reached Between 88 Generation and Two Mon Political Parties

Initial Agreement Reached Between 88 Generation and Two Mon Political Parties

Thursday, August 16, 2012

An agreement to protect civilians from Mon State in the southern part of Burma was reached on August 13 in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State, between leaders from the 88 Generation Students group and the two Mon political parties.

Nai Soe Myint, a leader of Mon Democracy Party, said that leaders from the 88 Generation Students group told him at the meeting that they want to cooperate with his party in working for the Mon people and their community.

Meeting between leaders from the 88 Generation Students group and the two Mon political parties leaders. (Photo:IMNA)

“They want to work for Mon farmers and gardeners who have had their lands confiscated, and intend to implement jobs so as to have an open community in Burma. Furthermore, they also want to work for labor rights. This agreement was reached so that we may work in the future,” said Nai Soe Myint.

“We have only reached a general agreement but we do not know when we will start to implement this agreement. However, we are going to collect lists of the people in Kyaik Mayaw Township who have had their lands confiscated by the Zay Kabar Company.”

This was the first time the five leaders from the 88 Generation Students group had met the leaders of the Mon Democracy Party and All Mon Regions Democracy Part.

Meeting between leaders from the 88 Generation Students group and the two Mon political parties leaders. (Photo:IMNA)

Min Zay Ya, an ethnic Mon who from Kamarwat village in Mudon Township and a leader of the 88 Generation Students group, explained at the meeting that the policy of his group is to work to empower people and their communities in order to have a stronger democracy in Burma’s future.

The Human Rights Foundation of Monland released a report in 2003 on the human rights violations in Mon State and Southern Burma titled “No Land to Farm.” This report focused on the important issues of land confiscation, Burmese military deployment, and the suffering of landowners after the Mon National Liberation Army and Burmese Army reached a ceasefire agreement in 1995.

In the time between the 1995 ceasefire and the year 2000, the Burmese army confiscated over 7,780 acres of land from over 370 farmers in Mon State and Southern Burma.

According to the report, land confiscation by the Burmese Army was widespread in Mon State during this time. The most severe cases were found in Ye Township, in the southern part of the state. Since the 1995 ceasefire agreement, the Burmese military regime has deployed thousands of Burmese troops to the area and established more than 15 new battalions.

After farmers lost their land to the Burmese troops, many had to flee to refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border. Their children were pulled out of schools and most sought jobs in Thailand. In some cases, the army confiscated farms and plantations and forced the owners to work without pay or benefits.

“A lot of our Mon people’s properties have greatly suffered from land confiscation. In the last two days we have seen that a lot of land has been confiscated in Ye township and that even more people are now worried that more of their land will again be taken by the army in Kew Thone Nyi Ma Island, Tebyu Township, Tenasserim Division,” said Nai Soe Myint.


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COMMENTS: What is 88 students leaders? they comes from people now time to emerge with people. Students leading role was very important to mobilse public in 1988 but to involve in politic they should work with political party not as a student leaders How about present students leaders? Come on grow up
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