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Friday, January 27, 2023

Doctors in exile fight for a better Myanmar

BANGKOK – A minister of the shadow government of Myanmar said that the United Nations has an “obligation” to recognize what the people want before the 76th General Assembly, which begins in New York on Tuesday.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military coup in February. During this period, the military overthrew the democratically elected government and subsequently continued violent suppression of opposing demonstrators.

The annual conference will end on September 30, when there will be a nine-member credential committee to discuss who will hold the country’s United Nations seats, with the choice of members of the military government or former government representatives to decide.

Dr. Sasa is the Minister of International Cooperation of the Myanmar National Unity Government (NUG), a shadow government established after the coup, which includes deposed legislators and minority leaders. He said people have spoken.

“The origin of legitimacy is indeed related to the wishes of the Burmese people. The wishes of the Burmese people have been expressed in free and fair elections. The role of the United Nations is to safeguard the wishes of the Burmese people. This is the obligation.

“The United Nations should focus on real issues, not just political issues,” Sassa, who used a name, told VOA in an undisclosed location.

“Whether it is recognized by the United Nations or not, we all know what we must do. That is to end the reign of terror in this military regime,” he added.

In the November elections in Myanmar, the National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by Aung San Suu Kyi won an overwhelming victory. But following the unfolding of the coup earlier this year, the armed forces filed unconfirmed allegations of election fraud. A large-scale uprising led by the civil disobedience movement opposed the coup d’etat. Thousands of people took to the streets to protest.

But according to the Political Prisoners Aid Association, an organization that monitors Myanmar, thousands of people have been killed and detained since then. The military disputed these figures, saying that the number of victims was relatively small.

In July, the United Nations warned that a civil war might break out, but Sassa said that the current situation should not be defined in this way.

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The head of the UN human rights affairs said that the coup d’etat launched by the Myanmar military quickly turned into an attack on civilians.

“People outside will think this is a civil war. This is really not a civil war. This is a struggle for freedom and democracy, tyranny, and the destruction of democracy under military dictatorship.”

‘We draw the line’

But just last week, after months of fighting across the country, NUG announced the launch of a “defensive war” against the Burmese army. Political analysts believe that this statement is a call for armed forces.

The shadow government of Myanmar announces a “defensive war”

After NUG Acting President Duvalasla called for a national uprising, there are reports that the government has increased its military presence in Yangon.

Sasha explained the decision.

“We must abide by law and order and protect civilians as much as possible, but [at] After all, the other side is fighter jets. The Burmese people are faced with military fighter jets, heavy artillery, and heavy weapons. The question is, how do we disable these weapons?

“We draw the line. It’s enough. We can’t extend this reign of terror,” Sassa said.

The political turmoil in Myanmar will only multiply the country’s problems as it is fighting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As many protest leaders work in the medical sector, some have become targets of the armed forces. In addition, people refuse to be vaccinated under the management of the military.

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As political tensions intensify, the country is still fighting the third wave of COVID-19

Sasa was originally a doctor in a remote village in Chin State, but now he has become a hot new face in politics and is preparing to assume the highest position in the government before the coup.

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been under military rule most of the time and has endured many years of ethnic hostilities. Sasa said he faced many difficulties growing up in this country, including the loss of childhood friends and family.

“The pain I see in life is something I can’t even begin to describe. It’s hard to see such pain-there is no hospital, school, university. Going to the hospital or university… it takes about 7 days to walk through the jungle,” he Say.

But he managed to get an education, first in India and then in Armenia, where he went to medical school. He said he has also worked as a teacher and recently worked with humanitarians and health workers in rural Myanmar. But when the opportunity to enter politics came, he found it hard to resist.

“Senior leaders asked me to try politics. It has become very difficult to say no. I have the opportunity to bring people together-me, as a minority group. I think I can bring real value to the country.”

He became a major member of the Chin State National League for Democracy General Election Committee, which made Aung San Suu Kyi notice him.

However, today Aung San Suu Kyi is still detained and facing a series of charges from the military, while Sa Sa is at large, the situation is quite different.

“None of us think this is hell [the coup] will happen. Because COVID-19 is happening, it will cause chaos and will not help anyone. ”

When the coup unfolded, Sasha immediately found herself in danger. Disguised as a taxi driver, he managed to escape to India without attracting attention.

“We saw smoking guns, the surrounding government, and every street everywhere. I started thinking about how to get out of there. The only way was to be like a taxi driver-it would take me three days and three nights-I thought I will be arrested and killed.”
Sa Sa is still on the run and admits that his current situation is still “very difficult”. After his involvement in political activities after the coup, the military charged him with treason. He became Myanmar’s representative to the United Nations on behalf of the Council of the People’s House (CRPH), the legislative body representing deposed legislators.

But he remained hopeful, saying that he was honored to be “united” with an “inclusive government” fighting for a better Myanmar.

“The feeling of risking our lives every day is very disturbing and painful. But in the way we build the future, we are building a better tomorrow for all.

“I hope that sooner or later we will see a new Myanmar, a new future,” he said. “For all the sacrifices we made, history will look back and remember some great things.”

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