Фарс с референдумом в Бирме

ПРАГА – Ужасные страдания бирманского народа, вызванные недавним циклоном, который унес десятки тысяч жизней, заслуживают сочувствие всего мира. Но необходимо больше, чем сочувствие, потому что некомпетентность и жестокие притеснения со стороны бирманской военной хунты еще больше усугубляют трагические последствия этого стихийного бедствия.  

Посреди разрухи, вызванной циклоном, правящие генералы Бирмы пошли напролом и провели референдум по новой конституции. Но согласно Конституционному закону Бирмы о референдуме, членам религиозных организаций, которые подверглись уголовному преследованию, и членам этнических групп, которые не согласились на перемирие с правительством, запрещено голосовать. Таким образом, всех сегодняшних и бывших политических заключенных, около 500000 Буддистских монахов и в два раза больше членов групп этнических меньшинств, которые живут рядом с границами, отстранили от голосования.

Более того, согласно новой конституции, которая предположительно была "одобрена" "референдумом", Доу Аун Сан Су Чжи, которую никогда не преследовали судебным порядком и которая все еще остается под домашним арестом, запрещено выставлять свою кандидатуру на  всеобщих выборах 2010 года под предлогом, что ее покойный муж был англичанином. Неужели мир действительно готов принять такую нелепость?

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