The Centre for Youth and Social Harmony have partnered with USAIDS and the US Embassy in Rangoon to launch ‘We are Myanmar’.
The campaign, which carries the Burmese title: ‘People of Myanmar – Sharing one boat and one destination’ officially begun at Kandawgyi Lake on 27 September.
Representatives distributed pamphlets that encourage racial and religious co-existence and harmony at Rangoon intersections, as well as going door-to-door to chat to Burmese citizens about issues of national identity, conflict and political ideologies.
Thet Swe Win from the Centre for Youth and Social Harmony (CYSH) said, “The ‘We are Myanmar’ campaign is to promote awareness that all citizens in Burma are entitled to equal rights under the constitution. Our aim is to achieve a country based on unity among the citizens.”
The event at the Kandawgyi Lake featured performances from four dance troupes, where t-shirts bearing the campaign slogan ‘We are Myanmar’ and other messages promoting co-existence were distributed to attendees and bystanders.
Zwe Nay Aung, an organiser of the event, told DVB they aimed to encourage tolerance throughout Burma.
“Through the campaign we want to give a message that despite differences in faith, racial background, and ideologies, we are all citizens of Burma who share the same country and fate.”
Nay Kyi Tun Naing of the CYSH denounced the use of race and religious issues in electioneering in the upcoming election.
“There have been cases where the issue of religion was used in campaigns for the upcoming election. I would like to say that when they [the political parties] really want to serve the country’s interest, they could campaign without touching the religious issue and just promote the ideas that are god for the country.”