The National League for Democracy’s (NLD) secretary Aung San Suu Kyi has called for a meeting with the government’s Home Affairs Minister in a response to a letter sent to her and the group’s chairman Aung Shwe on June 28 warning them to stop their political activities.
The exchange of letters came as warnings in the state press were published which seemed to take offence to the continuing activities of the group; “the NLD is found to have kept opening its party headquarters and branches in states and regions and other towns, erecting the signboards and hoisting flags at some offices, issuing statements, publishing periodicals and videos, meeting with other organisations and holding meetings and ceremonies. Such acts are not only against the law but also tantamount to opposing the hluttaws [parliaments] at various levels.”
The NLD, after a Central Executive Committee meeting yesterday afternoon, sent a letter signed by Suu Kyi to the Home Affairs minister and former army Brigadier-General Ko Ko, calling for a meeting with him to ‘negotiate for the rule of law.’
The letter contested the government’s claim; that the NLD is officially defunct, according to the Political Parties Registration Law announced last year, after failing to register for the 2010 elections, citing laws in the 2008 constitution.
“Article 409 of the Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma) provided that; the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament) shall enact necessary laws concerning political parties, so only the [Union Parliament] has the authority to enact the Political Parties Registration Law,” said the NLD letter.
“The NLD is defunct by the Political Parties Registration Law but that was not enacted by the Union Parliament,” read the letter.
The letter also claimed the NLD is still legally standing as a political party as it doesn’t violate articles 407, 409 and 466 of the constitution, adding that the group is abiding by legal procedures and the rule of law but didn’t intend to oppose the parliaments or the government.
“The NLD is not committing acts that can harm peace and stability and the rule of law as well as unity among the people – we are an organisation that genuinely wishes for the rule of law and are constantly striving to achieve national reconciliation.”
The NLD’s spokesperson Nyan Win told DVB that: “We see that our party still exists according to the law but the government sees that we are already dissolved – but this is not to argue.”
“We sent a letter [to Ko Ko] calling him to arrange a meeting to discuss on the rule of law.”
Suu Kyi has been planning to tour the country, the first such trip since 2003’s Depayin Massacre at which her convoy was attacked by thugs believed to have been connected to the Union Solidarity & Development Association, which morphed into the military’s favoured party the Union Soldiarity and Development Party (USDP) for the election. This event lead to her last spell under house arrest.
This plan, which by all accounts remains and Suu Kyi’s recent ‘Reith Lecture‘ which was aired by the BBC have caused the establishment concern. In her widely broadcasted lecture the Nobel Laureate expressed envy for Egypt and Tunisia who had over thrown autocratic leaders relatively quickly. She also refused to rule out violence as an effective means to enact political change.