Today has been declared a “Europe-wide Day of Action on Burma” in an effort to further raise the profile of events taking place in Burma and looking to force the European Union into adopting a more active and forceful stance regarding the military regime in Burma.
Directed at Portugal, current holders of the European Union presidency, the European Burma Network is organizing a series of embassy protests, in addition to letter and email writing campaigns, to raise awareness of events taking place in Burma.
“The day of action is in response to the failure of the European Union to take any concrete action in response to the Burmese military regime’s crackdown on peaceful protestors in Burma,” reads a statement from Burma Campaign UK released yesterday.
“As EU President, Portugal has a responsibility to ensure a strong response from the EU. The EU must strengthen the Common Position on Burma, and give its support to Burma being addressed by the United Nations Security Council,” added Myo Thein, Campaigns Officer at Burma Campaign UK.
The current posture of the European Union regarding recent events in Burma is described as one of “the lowest common denominator, and a weak and ineffective response that has had no impact on the regime.”
The European Union is decried for having, to date, only released a “statement of concern” on the situation in Burma, and having waited four days to do so in the first place.
Governments of France, Germany, Austria, Spain and Poland are accused of currently supporting policies seeking to lessen pressure on the Burmese junta.
Placement of Burma on the agenda of the European Union Foreign Ministers meeting on the 7th and 8th of September is also sought by the European Burma Network.
Activities for the “Europe-wide Day of Action on Burma” are so far to be held in eleven countries, including the United Kingdom, France and Germany.