"This national crisis could in fact be called the second struggle for national independence. A political system that denies the full enjoyment of human rights to the people militates against the ideal of full independence. The present demands of the people of Burma for democracy constitutes their second struggle for independence." These are the famous words of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, an elected Member of Parliament, leader of opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In by-elections held on 1 April 2012 Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other candidates from her party National League for Democracy won majority seats. Since then Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD participate in the parliamentary politics of Burma which is largely dominated by the army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party and twenty-five percent military appointees.
A lot of people think that Burma has changed. But, recently, Police shoot farmers in the Letpadaung Hill area where the controversial copper mine operates. Anti-copper mining in Letpadaung Hill best reveals the real suffering of underviliged majority in Burma.
Burma in the Era of the Burmese Way to Democracy: on 8 August 1988, the people of Burma collectively and bravely expressed their strong desire for democracy, marching on the streets and calling for an end to single-party dictatorship of Gen. Ne Win. Burma remains trapped in a cycle of merciless and deceitful authoritarianism after twenty-four years the era of Ma-Sa-La (Burmese Way to Socialism) culminated with thousands of protesters being murdered.
Our analysis of so-called discipline-flourishing democracy in Burma. Following in Gen. Ne Win's footsteps, new military chiefs simply introduced a sham democracy which is the Burmese Way to Democracy.
Burma Independence Advocates is a non-profit organisation registered in the UK on 22 December 2009.