- 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.
- Statement on Worker Strike in Rangoon, Burma
22 February 2012
Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) fully supports the workers who have been striking for two weeks at Tai-Yi Shoe Factory in Hlaing-Thar-Yar industrial zone in Rangoon and who are courageously demanding basic labour rights, including better wages.
DPNS strongly denounces the employer's reactions, such as forcing strikers out from their quarters, cutting water supplies to their quarters, threatening dismissal and sacking some workers instead of dealing with the workers' demands through negotiation.
- Young activists for democracy in Burma collectively formed The Youth for a New Society
3 February 2012
Youth for a New Society is formed by young activists aiming at achieving freedom, equality and solidarity of all the people of Burma. The founding members view that all the people of Burma have been confronted with oppressions by successive ruling regimes, various forms of social and economic exploitations and discriminations including gender discrimination. Therefore, the mission of Youth for a New Society is to build a peaceful society where all the people of Burma enjoy equality and freedom from oppressions, exploitations and discriminations.
An extra-ordinary meeting of young activists for democracy in Burma was successfully held from 2-3 February 2012 near the Thailand-Burma border. The meeting decided to set up a youth movement for democracy in Burma, namely ‘Youth for a New Society’ with 28- member organizing committee. The meeting democratically elected eleven members for the executive committee and five working committees to lead the organization and implement the organizational programmes.
- DPNS received an invitation from the government's minister U Aung Min for an informal talk
20 January 2012
The Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) received yesterday an official invitation for an informal talk with U Aung Min, the Presidential representative of the current Burmese government. In principle, the party agrees to meet with the government representative, but any detail on this regard has yet to discuss among members of the party's central leading committee.
'We see this [their invitation] as a positive sign and it is good to meet him since we have at all times called the regime for dialogue to deal with the political problems of our country' said Aung Moe Zaw, Chairperson of the DPNS. 'However, at this time of moment it is hard to say how it will be taken place and where it will lead to. At the same time, we don't hold any illusion at all and we will try to find any possible way to move ahead with our goals.' he added.
- STATEMENT ON THE 23RD BIRTHDAY OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY FOR A NEW SOCIETY (DPNS)
October 14, 2011
We, DPNS, fully support Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for her initiative toward democratic opening and national reconciliation. We expect the release of the political prisoners and immediate ceasefires to pave the way to greater progress.''
Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the founding of the Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS). We humbly salute those who have sacrificed their lives, those who have been detained in prisons all across Burma, including our leader Min Ko Naing and all those who have remained resolute in continuing the struggle for democracy over the last 23 years.
Today, we, DPNS, particularly remember and pay tribute to Ko Jimmy, Ko Zeya, Ko Thet Zaw and Ko Thet Naing Oo, our leaders and members, still defiant behind prison bars after almost 23 years.
- DPNS published a report on the crisis of Burma's politics of ceased-fires
16 September 2011
An analytical report in Burmese titled 'Profound Crisis between Burma's newly-set government and ethnic nationalities' is produced by the Research and Study Centre of Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS). The report made an analysis on the unique situation of Burma's politics of ceased-fires lasting more than 20 years between the military regime and various ethnic armed resistant movements. It argues that facade talks that overlook meaningful political dialogues will not stop the outbreaks of civil war nor ongoing fighting between the military regime and ethnic forces in Burma.
This 145-page report composed of 16 chapters details the context of ceased-fire politics between the military regime and ethnic armed groups which have been since 1989 and the regime's strategy of divide-and-rule in setting terms of agreements with different armed groups. Besides, it discusses the regime's attitudes and behaviours in this politics of over 20 years.
This report in electronic version can be read and downloaded at the DPNS webpage in Burmese (http://www.dpnsburmese.org/?p=2346).
Information and Public Relation Department
Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS)
- DPNS Letter in Solidarity to Arbeidernes Ungodomsfylking (AUF) of Norway
Comrade Eskil Pedersen
Arbeidernes Ungodomsfylking (AUF)
Postboks 8863 Youngstorget
2A 0028 Oslo
Date: 25th July 2011
We are so shocked to learn of the terror attack at your AUF camp and the bomb blast in Oslo which caused so many deaths. We, part of Burma's pro-democracy movement and on behalf of the whole movement share your sorrow and mourning and send our sincere condolences to the family members of our comrade-victims and the peoples of Norway.
We know you as a peaceful and natural country, and as a people passionate to peace, justice and democracy, and we cannot imagine how your sentiments at this very dark moment in your history. The atrocious attacks to our comrades at AUF camp and in Oslo are the attacks to the heart of peace and justice loving peoples across the world. These are also the attacks on all of us.
The ultra-nationalist ideologies and xenophobic behaviors will not bring peace, harmony and justice to either Europe or the rest of the world. We, progressive political parties are at the forefront in fighting against such terrorist ideologies and behaviors. Therefore, we are targeted and our comrades had to give their lives in this struggle for equality, justice, peace and freedom. We will never forget them. However, we will win although the struggle is tough and unfinished yet.
- DPNS strongly denounces the warning letter to NLD by Home Affairs Ministry
30 June 2011
1. On 28 June 2011 the state-owned newspapers in Burma reported that the Home Affairs Ministry had sent a warning letter to the National League for Democracy (NLD) regarding the functioning of the NLD offices nationwide and their activities, including meetings with diplomats and officials from foreign governments and international organizations. DPNS strongly denounces both the contents of such a letter and "Thein Sein" Governments’ political purpose in sending it.
- An Appeal to all political forces of Burma, both inside and in exile, by the Central Leading Committee of Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS)
August 8, 2009
"the one voice among all political forces inside and in exile being heard is imperative."
To: All political forces of Burma, both inside and in exile,
We pay due respect to all of those who sacrificed their lives and those who have committed to the movement for democracy for more than 20 years.
- Press Statement of Extraordinary Meeting of Central Committee
July 26, 2009
''We must resolutely prepare ourselves to confront and overcome the challenges ahead''
Aung Moe Zaw, Chairperson
The extraordinary meeting of Central Committee of Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) was held on the Thai-Burmese border from 20 to 24 July 2009. At the meeting, the participants analysed the current political developments and approved the reports on political situation and party activities presented by the Central Executive Committee.
- Press statement on news of a foreigner allegedly entering Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's compound in Rangoon
May 8, 2009
"the responsibility for negative consequence from lack of her [Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's] security rests totally with the SPDC government."
1. The Myanmar Ahlin, a state-controlled newspaper in Burma reported that the authorities arrested a foreigner in the Inya Lake of Rangoon early Wednesday while he was returning from the secretly entering Daw Aung Suu Kyi's residency compound.
2. This shows evidently that there is no assurance of her security at all while she is being under house arrest by the Burmese military government, namely the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). The DPNS has grave concerns on her security.