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Subject: APPEAL FOR ECONOMIC & TOURISM BOYCOTT IN BURMA
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Subject: APPEAL FOR ECONOMIC AND TOURISM BOYCOTT IN BURMA
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The following are the action groups, which initiate the boycott campaign:
Working Group for Tourism and Development, Basel
Aung San Suu Kyi Liberte, Germany
League of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ),
Federal Executive Committee, Duesseldorf
Burma Bureau, Cologne
Burma Circle Muenster, Muenster
Burma Stuetzpunkt Frankfurt, Frankfurt a. M.
Burma Youth Volunteer Association, Remsfeld
Chin National Council (Europe), Hamburg
Committee for Restoration of Democracy in Burma, Germany
German-Burmese Association, Bruchsal
European-Burmese Association, Hamburg
Karen National Union, German Representative
Network of Engaged Buddhists, Berlin
Rettet den Regenwald e.V., Hamburg
Suedostasien Informationsstelle (SOAIS), Essen
Tourism Watch, Leinfelden-Echterdingen
APPEAL FOR ECONOMIC AND TOURISM BOYCOT IN
BURMA (MYANMAR) 9. December 1996
Dear Madam, Dear Sir
You have established or are planning to establish business relations
with Burma. Principally there can hardly be any objections against
such a venture. On the contrary, Burma, one of the poorest countries
of the world, desperately needs economic growth and after decades of
isolation the Burmese people will be glad to receive visitors
However, we would like to remind you that the country, where peoples
of different cultural tradtions live together, is now ruled by an
illegal military regime which tramples upon the basic human rights.
There is no freedom of expression, no freedom of press, no freedom
of assembly and no freedom of association in Burma today. People are
intimidated, presecuted and arbitrarily sentenced or tortured.
Thousands of political prisoners languish under most miserable
conditions. And hundreds of thousands had to flee the country to
barely survive under destitute conditions in refugee camps along the
borders. Historico-cultural sites are restored and revamped to
attract tourists. For the convenience of foreign visitors necessary
infrastructures - roads, railway lines, bridges, air ports, hotels,
holiday resorts - are improved or newly constructed. But all this
is done by subjecting the people to forced labour and also by forced
relocation of whole communities.
YOUR ENGAGEMENT AT THIS TIME MEANS A FALSE SIGNAL to the Burmese
people and to the democracy movement at home and abroad, because the
main profiteers of foreign investments in Burma at present are the
military and their coteries. Most of the income flows into their
pockets and also serves to maintain a vast military and security
apparatus. Anyone, who espouses the idea that a change could only be
brought about through trade, willingly or unwillingly accepts the
consolidation of oppression in Burma for years to come. And many
experts who are sceptical about the efficacy of an economic boycott
overlook the moral effect of such a step. What the movement for
democracy with Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi at its head now
needs is your solidarity.
We would be glad to supply you with further informations, at a
meeting if you so wish. We will start actions and campaigns against
companies who maintain business relations with the hated regime
inspite of political oppression and grave human rights violations.
The organisations named in the letter head will take the initiative.
The pressure of public opinion has resulted in the withdrawal of PepsiCo,
Motorola, Ericcson, Hewlett-Packard and the breweries Heineken and
Carlsberg from Burma. The example of international firms like Levi Srauss,
Reebock, Amoco or Apple Computer shows that cosiderations of human rights
can play a role in the process of economic decision making. Wente Vineyards
has broken its contacts to Burma because the company is not willing to deal
with partners who are involved in heroin trafficking, knowing that close
connections exist between the drug bosses and the Burmese military regime.
The State Massachusetts of the USA and north american cities like Berkely
and Santa Monica do not anymore give contracts to companies that maintain
economic relations with Burma. As a protest against the natural gas project
in Burma a Danish pension fund got rid of its holdings at the French power
company TOTAL, because such a billion dollar investment only helps the
generals to stabilize their power and to enrich themselves. As a result of
the Danish action the value of TOTAL's shares dropped at the Paris Stock
Market. The International Union of Labour (IUL) with its headquarters in
Geneva called upon the Swiss people not to travel to Berma at present. The
Australian Parliament plans to impose economic sanctions against Burma.
The Congress of the USA and the foreign ministers of the European Union
have decided to stop issuing entry visas to the military rulers of Burma.
The European Parliament has demanded yet again on 23. 10. 1996 economic
sanctions against Burma. The resolution of EP in Strassbourg says:
ALL INVESTMENTS,TRADE CONTACTS AND TOURISTIC ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE TERMINATED.
We call upon you to join with your business concern into this significant
chain of manifestations of solidarity and stop AT PRESENT all economic
cooperations with the rulers of Burma.
Burma Bureau, Cologne, Germany
c/o Horst Reiter, Postfach 6766, 48036 Muenster
Fax : +49-251-36092
N.B. The campaign action groups are sending the appealing letters to the
firms and companies, which are doing or planning to do business with
the Burmese military dictators.