Arakan League for Democracy, Bangladesh Branch reorganised
Dhaka, November 7: The Bangladesh
branch of Arakan League for Democracy (In Exile) is
being re-organised according to the ALD’s statement issued on the November 6.
This reorganisation of the
Bangladesh Branch occurred on November third and fourth, in Dhaka,
Bangladesh. The statement
said this reorganisation is to make the Bangladesh
Branch to be a more solid and united party unit and to be able to implement the
party policies more effectively.
The assistant-secretary of the ALD Bangladesh Ko Naing
Naing commented that the “political situation in Burma
is at a cross roads. There are increasing numbers of human rights violations.
In this changing political climate, in order to implement the ALD’s policies and in order to fight against human rights
violations in Arakan State,
Bangladesh is a crucial
region for us to be able to work effectively. That is why we try to strengthen
ALD won the most seats in Arakan
state during the 1990 General Election and is an active ally of the National
League for Democracy. Currently, members of the ALD are being harshly
suppressed by the military junta and they are being unable to undertake any
political activities in Arakan state. Hence, many
members flee from Burma
and form new branches around the world.
Naing continued, “We are under constant surveillance
from the military intelligence. They try to destroy our members’ livelihoods.
They tried to stop us from engaging in political activism. Lately, two of the ALD’s members from Mrauk Oo, one
named U Khin Maung Gyi, were arrested without a
strong reason. That is why many of us flee to another country. We have branches
in Japan, Australia,
EU countries and Bangladesh.”
This newly reorganised Bangladesh
branch was reinforced by activists some of who were activists in student
movements. U Ani Maung is the President of the Bangladesh
branch, while a former student leader Ko Khaing San Aung is the secretary and Ko
Naing Naing is the
assistant secretary. The Bangladesh
branch consists of 11 committee members.
For further information, please contact Narinjara:
Phone: 880 189 42 55 36(Mobile)