In September 2007, WSCF AP together with Human Rights Groups, Civil Society Organizations and Churches in Hong Kong launched a regional campaign for Human Rights in Burma. Candlelight prayer vigils, pickets, forums were held to support the people's protest movement for Peace and Democracy in Burma. The Campaign generated widespread participation from SCMs in the region after a global appeal was issued by the WSCF AP to support the Campaign. SCM Korea, SCM Thailand, SCM Hong Kong and SCM Philippines participated in events in their countries, while SCM Australia launched a web page to spread the word online.
The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) Asia-Pacific, an ecumenical federation of 17 Student Christian Movements in the Asia-Pacific expresses its solidarity and support to the Burmese people in their collective struggle to bring about meaningful change in their lives and their country.
The people of Burma is speaking to us today in a language that has long been muted by systematic repression and fear. The Burmese people have had enough! They have long endured suffering under the repressive Military regime and abject poverty brought about by unjust economic and social order. Triggered by the astronomical increase in fuel price early this month, the Burmese people finally said NO!
Today we are witnessing the power of the Burmese people to assert their right to determine their destiny and their future. Led by the Buddhist monks, they have openly challenged the repressive rule of the Burmese Military Government. The momentum of the street protests grow in number as people from all sectors bravely express their opinion and discontent to more than 40 years of Military dictatorship in this country.
As we gather here today, many have been killed, tortured, arrested and harassed by the military. We denounce Burma Military Government’s violent response to suppress the legitimate right of the people to express their demand to seek redress and apology, genuine reconciliation and peace and to defend their lives and liberty. We urge the Military government to stop the crack-down of the people but instead listen the voices and heed to their demands.
We want to highlight the role of Multi-National Corporations and big business who have worked with the Military Government in exploiting the Burmese people and have taken advantage of the natural resources. They too should be made responsible for the poverty and suffering of the people in Burma.
We recognize the long struggle of the people who resisted and asserted their rights on different fronts. We remember the sacrifice of the numerous young men and women who have been killed in the 1988 uprising and many others who continued the struggle. In their memory we offer the young people’s commitment to carry-on the struggle for justice, peace and democracy.
We join the Burmese people who have courageously come forward by marching on the streets of Rangoon and in other parts of Burma to denounce the Military Government’s total disregard of the people’s right to freedom, democracy and self-determination.
We urge our member movements in all the countries in Asia-Pacific and the global Federation to join local actions and campaigns to support the people’s action and ensure a peaceful resolution to this crisis. We continue to pray for the people of Burma, the leaders of the protest actions, our friends and colleagues in the student movement and the Churches. May they be strengthened by our solidarity action and prayers as they struggle to seek peaceful change in their country.
We salute the people’s struggle for justice, freedom and democracy in Burma. Long live the people’s struggle in Burma! Justice to the victims of the Burmese Military regime!
Dear Necta and SCMers in AP Region
It is with deep sorrow that we receive this troubling news about Burma.
Today I learned that Buddhist monks and civilians were killed when the police opened fire at the protest. Are there any SCMers amongst the injured???
We express our condemnation for these violations for human rights and dignity. The monks that were killed should push us to strengthen our cooperation with all our brothers and sisters in humanity who share our Christian values especially if they are not Christians. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and we will circulate this Email to all ME SCMs.
Please keep us informed.
May the Lord protect you all
Yours in Christ
Elias El Halabi
WSCF Middle East Region
In solidarity and struggle for the peace and life in Burma.
peace and prayer,
We have followed the situation in Burma through Newspapers, Internet and TV. The whole world is watching the unjust situation for the people in your country. As a Christian movement in one body of Christ your suffering are also our suffering, your struggle for freedom and justice is also our struggle.
You are in our prayers and thoughts. We hope and pray for a world that won’t tolerate dictatorship and oppression. Your past has been turbulent and violent, but the non-violent and peaceful actions by the Buddhist monks have been an eye-opener for the rest of the world. We wish, hope and pray for a better and democratic Burma.
Student Christian Movement in Sweden (KRISS)
Dearest friends in the AP Region, We have been following the news from Burma and we would like to express our solidarity with the Asia-Pacific Region, and with the people of Burma who have had the courage to stand in protest. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of struggle.
WSCF Europe Region
The Song We Sing Not For Ourselves
For Those who are Oppressed and Chained
Build Up a New Society
Let’s Share and Feel With Them
The way we work not for ourselves
For those who are oppressed and poor,
Suffer with them and let us know
That Our Struggle Will Win!
The life we owe not for ourselves,
Women and men work hand in hand,
The unity will triumph,
We share the vision and hope.
Come SCM’s Unite be one,
Pull out injustice from this world,
Live with people, build together,
One day we’ll reach a new just world.