The Little Burmese Tea Shop was back again in 2014 in the The Green Futures Field, next to The Speakers Forum as per usual. We were just beside the exit to the “Tunnel” under the road to the Greenpeace field.
In 2014 the Burmese military were continuing their war against the Kachin ethnic people in North East Burma, creating over 100,000 refugees under the current “civilian” government, so we continued to remind people of their plight.
Tun Khin human rights activist and President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK joined us to explain the appalling persecution of the stateless Rohingya people in Rakhine State, whilst Atif Choudhury spoke about the hardships they faced in refugee camps in Bangladesh. It was no surprise to us that their desperate situation led to an international crisis in 2015.
In May 2015, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia had to respond to international concerns to rescue thousands of Rohingya and
Bangladeshi’s potentially dying at sea, after Thailand took action following the discovery of mass graves at trafficking camps and criminals responded by abandoning boats at sea.
The BBC explains here why are so many Rohingya migrants stranded at sea?
18th May 2015
At Glastonbury we also had a petition in solidarity, for changing the 2008 Burma Constitution to remove the 25% of seats reserved for the Burmese military in Parliament. In Burma over 5 million people signed the main petition organised by Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party.
We also took 350 photos of people wearing “rose tinted” spectacles in support of Burma Campaign UK’s action asking the British Government not to take such a rose-tinted view of events in Burma. By the end of 2014 Aung San Suu Kyi was herself explaining that reforms in Burma had stalled and urging the international community to take a more critical view. Burma Campaign UK reported that the British Government had issued a more balance review in March 2015
Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar reform process ‘stalled’ 5th November 2014
In 2015 we will be back again with all our friends in The Green Futures Field, hopefully once again near the Speakers Forum. We will be joined by Partners Relief (www.partnersworld.org) to talk about their wonderful charity work in Burma, often bringing relief in desperate situations when the UN and larger NGO’s are unable to. Sadly we will also have to talk about the violent crackdown on student education protests in 2015, the continuing attacks by the Burmese military on ethnic nationalities and the ongoing desperate situation of the Rohingya.