Burma’s bicameral parliament today unanimously approved a bill to establish “a Union based on the principles of democracy and federalism”.
In a democracy, power sharing should flow upwards from the people, not downwards from the elite — and Burmese federalism should reflect this fact.
The eight principles are: sovereignty; equality; self-determination; establishment of a genuine federal union; protection of ethnic rights, democratic rights and basic human rights; gender equality; a multi-party democratic system; and…
Aung San Suu Kyi said she welcomed Canada’s offer of support to build “a strong and lasting federal union” in Burma.
Burma’s President Thein Sein urges his people to work together to establish a union based on a federal system.
The Union Peace-Making Work Committee decline to to sign an agreement on forming a federal union, saying the ethnic parties have yet to establish ‘mutual ground’ among themselves.