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OVERALL CAMPAIGN & ADVOCACY APPROACH:. Utilize apparent openings and public expectation of change to push for genuine reforms. This includes actions & pressure to increase the effectiveness of activists working in the country to widen space & push for genuine reforms

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Overall campaign advocacy approach

OVERALL CAMPAIGN & ADVOCACY APPROACH:

Utilize apparent openings and public expectation of change to push for genuine reforms.

This includes actions & pressure to increase the effectiveness of activists working in the country to widen space & push for genuine reforms

Turn lies into truth: Make them do the nice things they claim

REFORMS!


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OVERALL CAMPAIGN & ADVOCACY APPROACH:

Genuine Reforms =

Legislative, institutional & policy reforms

(political, economic, security)

to ensure that

all people will be able to assert their

civil, political,

economic, social & cultural rights

RSM 2012

RANGOON


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OVERALL CAMPAIGN & ADVOCACY APPROACH:

STILL URGENTLY NEEDED

  • Immediate & unconditional release of ALL political prisoners (& remedy)

  • Nation-wide ceasefire & troop withdrawal leading to sustainable peace - an end to attacks, including sexual violence, on ethnic communities (& remedy).

  • Inclusive dialogue


Define measures of reform prior to laws being introduced by naypyidaw

DEFINE MEASURES OF REFORM PRIOR TO LAWS BEING INTRODUCED BY NAYPYIDAW

  • Set the benchmarks for reform consistent with “best-practice” transitions & international laws, taking into account Burma’s context:

    • Rule of Law

    • Economic

    • Political – including political aspirations of ethnic nationalities

    • Security


Overall campaign advocacy approach

Cross-cutting principles (how do we link)

  • DEVELOPMENT, PEACE PROCESS & NATIONAL RECONCILIATION

  • ACCOUNTABILITY, JUSTICE & rights of victims

  • ETHNIC ASPIRATIONS

  • RIGHTS OF WOMEN, MINORITIES, LGBT

  • ENVIRONMENT

  • All reforms should be assessed against this criteria!

Incorporate at least 1 of 4 doors to accountability

in ALL campaigns

where possible!  


Impunity accountability link to justice

IMPUNITY, ACCOUNTABILITY & LINK TO JUSTICE

  • Reforms to halt & prevent recurrence of impunity are essential prerequisites of genuine national reconciliation. This includes accountability and justice for victims. These measures are important evidence of commitment to reform and needed to ensure there is enduring peace.

  • Tools/Justification: (Intl laws, UNSC resolutions, ILO). EU priority for ICC

  • Ensure that crimes against ethnic communities have a higher profile. This is also linked to impunity and crimes such asforced displacement from conflict and damaging development. An important focus is crimes targeting women and/or children.


  • The coi campaign adopt a voldemort strategy

    The CoI Campaign: Adopt a Voldemort Strategy?

    • Continue the CoI campaign without saying “CoI”

      • Actively maintain focus on serious crimes and impunity incl ethnic, women, children

      • Support efforts in Burma to build understanding of problems incl serious crimes and CoI as a solution

      • Generate & publicize domestic support for campaign, including victims’ voices

      • Highlight the 4 doors as part of the solution

    • Passively support calls for CoI by key stakeholders, eg Quintana

    • Reactivate push for CoI at “the right time” i.e. when there are enough key stakeholders (incl victims) actively calling for it. (CoI is a door ie Truth seeking measure)

    • “Right time” = big crackdown


    Rule of law

    RULE OF LAW

    • Rule of law, including law reforms & institutional and policy changes to guarantee independence & impartiality of the judiciary are essential.

    • Law reforms include changes to ensure that laws and procedures to implement and enforce laws are in compliance with international standards intended to ensure protection of human rights as well as equal and equitable access to justice.

    • Tools/Justification: (UNSG report to SC on Rule of Law & TJ)


    Freedom of remaining political prisoners

    FREEDOM OF REMAINING POLITICAL PRISONERS

    • To include those imprisoned under political charges and/or politically-motivated charges (eg immigration act). This also means establishing rule of law and removal of repressive laws

    • (obviously NO MORE NEW political prisoners and/or recycling of old ones)

    • Reinstatement of professional status & civil & political rights incl passport

    • Access to physical & mental rehab

    • International access to prisons to establish details, condition & location of pps


    Overall campaign advocacy approach

    1. CAPACITY BUILDING INSIDE THE BORDER.2. EMPOWERING GROUPS INSIDE.3. CROSS-BORDER & DOMESTIC ORG. LINKAGE.

    • Many cross-border programs have already established the human infrastructure, incl trust and relationships, to implement programs. Some of these programs are already running and merely need support to scale up and expand. This would be a more sensible, efficient, empowering and cost-effective strategy.

    • Border-based groups already delivering effective, relevant & participatory trainings and capacity-building programs to people from central & border Burma. Need more support to scale up & transmit more broadly.

    • Support programs & campaigns for ratification of intl hr treaties & Rome statute

    • Assistance of Asian civil society in delivery “inside” & conducting exposure to “outside” also important


    Business accountability environmental justice

    BUSINESS ACCOUNTABILITY & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

    • Benchmarks and conditions supporting implementation and compliance of benchmarks/conditions must be met (BEWG to flesh out) – extractive, manufacturing,

    • Conditions that are listed will help us decide whether certain forms of investment/projects are acceptable or not. (i.e. conditions are not in place/implementation limited/conditions broken)

    • PRR + FPIC + Genuine EIA & SIA & HRIA = purrf pic ia!!!

    • NO extractive industries, energy projects, SEZ in conflict areas

    • NO arms (weapons) trade

    • Foreign and local businesses must exercise due diligence to ensure they comply with international human rights & environmental standards AND are not linked to human rights violations, including serious crimes.

    • Laws must be reformed to meet international standards and ensure accountability in this context.


    Aid development assistance economic engagement sanctions

    AID, DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE & ECONOMIC ENGAGEMENT (sanctions)

    • Aid & engagement should be oriented to achievement of genuine reforms, equitable access and community empowerment

    • Exchange rate, lack of economic & governance reforms will limit effectiveness of investment


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