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Greeting from the Chairperson!

Warm Welcome & Greeting!

It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to our website.  The DPNS is deeply committed to Burma’s struggle for Democracy, Freedom and Justice. As you are surfing this site, you will learn about our values, visions, objectives and activities. And since we will continue to add news and valuable features to our pages, we encourage you to bookmark this site and check it regularly for your updates on DPNS.

Please join us to remove the tyrannical militarism, and build a democratic Burma for all.

Enjoy your visit. Thank you.

Peace & Solidarity,

Aung Moe Zaw
Chairperson, DPNS

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Aung Moe Zaw and Comrades from DPNS inside Burma at the Shwe Dagon Pagoda on 3 September 2012.

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DPNS delegation together with leaders of All Burma Federation of Students’ Union (ABFSU) in Rangoon on 20 December 2012.


Party Activities

Workshop on Small-Scale Farmers Land Rights in Burma/Myanmar

Workshop on Small-Scale Farmers Land Rights in Burma/Myanmar

A Workshop on Small-Scale Farmers Land Rights in Burma/Myanmar organized by Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) with support of Burma Relief Center (BRC), was held at the Party Political Training School from 27 February to 1 March 2013. There are 40 participants in the 3-day workshop programmes. Farmers from different regions of Burma, activists, representatives from Farmer Desk of 88 Generation Students and party members joined together in discussion on issues related to farmers and their rights, such as land grabbing, land laws and land registration, and right abuses.


Party Delegation visited Burma

Party Delegation visited Burma

A ten-member delegation of Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) made a study visit to Burma from 10 December 2012 to 18 January 2013 under an agreement with the Burmese government reached during the process of talks between DPNS and the government's peace working committee.

While in Burma, the delegation held meetings with President Office Minister U Soe Thein, President Office Minister and Vice-chair of Peace Working Committee U Aung Min, Minister for Immigration and Population U Khin Yi, Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye and its commissioners. Besides, the party delegation was received by Karen State Government led by Chief Minister U Zaw Min.


Danish Social Democratic Youth (DSU) and Youth for a New Society (YNS) began their cooperation and relationship

Danish Social Democratic Youth (DSU) and Youth for a New Society (YNS) began their cooperation and relationship

Ms Marie Borum Pedersen and Mr Jens Hjorth-Larsen, comrades from Social Democratic Youth of Denmark (DSU) visited the office of Youth for a New Society (YNS) near the Thailand-Burma border from 4-11 November 2012. The visit marked the first ever cooperation between the two youth organizations from Denmark and Burma. It is a visit of identification of future cooperation between DSU and YNS aiming at sharing experiences and establishing a strong relationship between the two organizations.


DPNS and Government Minister U Aung Min agreed for signing an agreement on an official return of DPNS back to Burma

DPNS and Union Minister U Aung Min held a meeting

A delegation of Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) led by Chairperson Aung Moe Zaw held a talk with the government peace delegation led by Union Minister U Aung Min in Chaing Mai, Thailand on 10 November 2012. "This time, we mainly discussed on signing an agreement on our party's official return [to Burma] and sending a party delegation to prepare on this regard. Union Minister U Aung Min agreed to our proposal," said Aung Moe Zaw. Besides, issues of national identity cards and household registrations for party members and matters related to education for children of party members were also raised during an hour meeting. Party delegation at the meeting included Aung Moe Zaw, Ngwe Lin, Zaw Zaw Htun, Toe Toe Tun, Tin Aye and Noe Noe Htet San.



Statements & Press Releases

Appeal to all citizens in Burma for fraternal and peaceful coexistence

25 March 2013

Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) gravely concerns about the outbreak of sectarian violent conflict in Meiktila since 20 March 2013. It is imperative for all citizens of Burma, regardless of race and belief, to be united for development of the country.

Burma is a country of multi-races and -beliefs and thus, all races and beliefs shall peacefully coexist with mutual respects and compliments.

The government of Burma needs critically to investigate the cause of this incident and immediately take actions to resolve the conflict so as to prevent from any occurrence of similar incidents in future. Besides, all victims of this miserable event need to be provided adequately with humanitarian assistance.

To prevent from dispersion of such incidents throughout the country, all citizens of Burma, particularly related organizations and individuals, are sincerely appealed to take seriously every necessary action.


YNS Statement regarding Recent Tensions between Local Communities and Government-backed Mining Projects in Mongwa district

14 September 2012

YNS extends the strongest possible support to the protesters who have been active since the 23rd of August and have faced stern repression from state security forces. YNS is concerned to see that:

- The government has failed to listen to the concerns of the local communities affected by mining developments.

- The government of Thein Sein has employed tactics typical of the former military regime, using the armed forces, police and internment in jail to silence protesters. Families have not heard from members who have been arrested.

- The government has not restricted cronies who enriched themselves under the former military regime and foreign businesses from profiting at the expense of local communities in resource rich areas.

- The government has been all too quick to resort to the use of force to silence protesters who have been arrested, subjected to torture and beatings for peaceful protest.


Statement on Conflicts in Arakan State

10 June 2012

First of all, Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) join with all citizens in Arankan State in offering our grave concern on the current conflicts in some townships in Arakan State including Bu-thee-daung, Maung-daw, Sittwe and Taung-gote, and as be members of their family, is saddened for victims of those incidents. DPNS would like to express its view on these conflicts as follows:

1. DPNS seriously recommends that the authorities concerns need to handle cautiously in dealing with these issues since any racial and religious issue is in nature very sensitive.

2. DPNS firmly believes that the incidents currently happening in some areas of Arakan State shall be managed in order to prevent them from leading to the bigger level of racial or religious conflict.

3. DPNS strongly denounces any action and/or attempt manipulating the current incidents toward emergence of racial and religious conflicts.


A young Burmese takes the post of Vice-President of International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY)

Media Release: Mae Sod, Thailand; 22 April 2012

The Chair of Youth for a New Society (YNS), a youth organization of Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) is elected as Vice-President of International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) responsible for Asia-Pacific region. Naw Maybel Htoo, an ethnic Karen of Burma, was nominated for the position by DPNS and Akbayan Party of the Philippines at the IUSY World Congress held from 20-23 April 2012 in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay.

DPNS praises her success to take this responsibility of IUSY Vice-President which is the position hold by a Burmese in 1950s. This is for the first time after more than 50 years that a Burmese takes this position again. Aung Moe Zaw, the Chairperson of DPNS said "this proves that Burmese youth are qualified enough to contribute to the regional or world movement for democracy, social justice and peace. Once we get the chance, our young Burmese, together with their counterparts from regional and international community will be able to make an equal world possible." He added, "We members of DPNS and YNS are thankful to all the members of IUSY for their supports to her for this position."


The result of by-elections is a triumph of NLD and the people of Burma

2 April 2012

Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) praises the overwhelming victory of National League for Democracy (NLD) at the by-elections held on 1 April 2012, and views that this is not only a triumph of NLD and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi but also of all the people of Burma.

DPNS views that this outcome of by-elections approves the people's supports to commitments of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for rule of law, peace and amendment of 2008 Constitution. Ngwe Lin, the General Secretary of DPNS said "these political pledges are vital for the process of democratization in Burma." And he continued to say "we still need to work hard for the release of all political prisoners, a nationwide cease-fire and a process of all-inclusive political dialogues towards an emergence of a democratic federal union in Burma."

DPNS firmly holds its position that our current task is mainly to strike by peaceful and democratic means for a reform of 2008 Constitution so as to guarantee democratic principles and equality of all ethnic nationalities in Burma.



Opinions

DPNS General Secretary's Views on Burmese president’s call for citizens abroad to come home

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 Mizzima News

Whether to go back home or not mainly depends on the existence of democracy and human rights and it depends on whether we can build a federal union that we have called for.

As far as I understand it, these things cannot be achieved under the rule of Thein Sein’s government or under the 2008 Constitution. Therefore, what he said has no significant meaning to us regardless of what he said.


Registered Parties Should Carefully Assess Election Strategy

By AUNG MOE ZAW

Thursday, August 12, 2010

By the first week of August, 40 political parties had registered for the upcoming Burmese elections and others were still waiting for their applications to be approved.

One of the most recent parties to be registered was a Kachin political party called the Unity and Democracy Party of Kachin State (UDPKS), while three other Kachin political parties are still waiting to hear if their applications are successful.


Building an Opposition to the Opposition

By AUNG MOE ZAW

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It is popular today to say that Burmese civil society can be built without a struggle despite the present environment created and controlled by a military regime to ensure that people live according to their rules.

It is popular today to talk of engaging the regime which itself has refused to engage with the political party that won the last election and for whom meaningful engagement comes in twenty minute pseudo meetings with UN envoys.


To be Burma's President or Army Chief?

By KHIN MAUNG TINT and AUNG MOE ZAW

Irrawaddy News Magazine (Thursday, July 1, 2010)

Halfway through 2010 and the date for Burma's election has not yet been set. The signs seem to suggest that two years after the first announcement the regime will call a snap election, if they call anything at all.

The election, when or if it is held, will bring change. It will change the leadership within the army and it might even stir conflict within the ranks. Even such a limited cosmetic change appears to be a cause of great angst for Sen-Gen Than Shwe. And that's why he hesitates.


Current Political development of Burma and the DPNS's position on 2010 elections

By Zaw Zaw Htun

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Burma has been in political, social and economic crises for many decades. It can be argued that the questions of two major political issues, democratization and establishment of a federal state, are the root causes of Burma's long history of armed conflicts as well as of the country's crises in present days.

Moreover, due to the military regime's practice of brutal oppressions against any opposition and mismanagement of the country's economy with massive corruption, nepotism and cronyism, the Burmese people from all walks of lives have been facing with severe socio-economic hardship while being denied their political and civil rights.