Myat Tun Oo
Open letter to Secretary of State, Mr Antony Blinken
Dear Secretary of State,
Congratulations on your new job. Myanmar is going through a transition to democracy using non-violent means. However, the current Constitution allowed the military leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to appoint 25% of parliamentarians without any election. He also has the absolute control of the security services without answering to the civilian government. That makes him unaccountable for any war crimes. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s government is trying to change the Constitution and makes the military leader accountable for his action.
On the 8th November 2020, the Burmese people voted overwhelming in favour of the NLD party led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. However, the junta leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing refused to recognise it by claiming that there are many errors in the voter lists. There is no evidence to prove that any voting irregularities had happened. His claim is worse than former President Mr Trump’s claim because his allied party USDP only got less than 5% of the electoral vote. The election was recognised by the international community as free and fair.
As you know, Min Aung Hlaing was alleged for war crimes, and assumed to be responsible for ethnic cleansing. He is under investigation by International Criminal Court. If he stages a coup, there will be big blood bath in Burma, and he will commit more war crimes because there will be no one to check his actions. As a result, there will be massive exodus of refugees coming out of Burma and it will subsequently affect the stability of South East Asia. I am acutely aware of the fact that you are one of the advocates of responsibility to protect in Libya and I would like to urge your government to help and stand together with people of Burma.
If he stages a coup, some Chief minister of State or Division will ask for the help of US and we hope that US will help us by providing air cover for Yangon and protect the humanitarian crisis. The request for intervention will come the current government official and therefore, you won’t need any UN Security Council authorisation like in Iraq and Libya. We don’t need any ground forces as some military personnel and people of Burma will protect against any coup.
We need to get rid of this dictator, Min Aung Hlaing and we need your help.