We, the National Unity Government of Myanmar have developed a clear roadmap which is reflected in the federal democratic charter that we have released, and includes ten goalposts that we have identified in our march to victory.
Goalpost #1 – The total eradication of military dictatorship in all forms.
These dictators have stolen power right from the start after we gained independence in 1947. Kalu U Saw and his henchmen assassinated General Aung San, the father of state counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and the ‘father’ of Myanmar independence. This act was not merely the assassination of General Aung San, but also the assassination of the fledgling federal democracy. Known as the Pang Lang Agreement, when General Aung San and the many ethnic leaders convened and signed our declaration of independence, which was based on a federal democratic political system. Again, murderer-in-chief General Ne Win and his henchmen attacked and assassinated our federal democratic political system in 1962, and their reign of terror continued until 1988. The brave people of Myanmar again stood up to these dictators in 1988, but the movement was brutally oppressed and eventually crushed by the murderous military generals, and their reign of terror continued on until 2012. And now again, the people of Myanmar have made it clear that they do not want military dictatorship anymore. The brave people of Myanmar have spoken loud and clear that they want freedom, justice, stability and peace. The only way to create a true federal democratic political system is to eradicate this military dictatorship once and for all. Indeed, the tatmadaw as a whole must be replaced by an inclusive federal army under civilian command.
Goalpost #2 – Complete nullification of the 2008 constitution in all forms.
This constitution was created by military dictators, for military dictators, and not for the people of Myanmar. The laws written in the 2008 constitution are oppressive and discriminatory, especially 1982 citizenship law. These laws were written by oppressive military generals, and clearly represent the military general’s aggressive pursuance of their reign of terror against the Myanmar people. We have declared total abolishment of this 2008 constitution once and for all, and it is now being replaced by a Federal Democratic Charter which will serve as an interim constitution until we have a permanent constitution based upon the principals of a federal democratic union.
Goalpost #3 – Building of a federal democratic Union of Myanmar.
A federal democratic political system has been the aspiration and desire of the Myanmar people ever since gaining independence in 1947. And until Myanmar establishes a full and proper federal democratic political system in the country, there will continue to be an oppressive military dictatorship. This is the elephant in the room, so-to-speak. There will never be peace, freedom, democracy or a future for the Myanmar people until a federal democratic union is instituted, where the rights of all will be equally protected and respected regardless of race, religion, culture, ethnicity, gender or background.
Goalpost #4 – Emergence of the People’s Government of Myanmar.
The federal democratic political system will provide and safeguard the way for the people’s government of Myanmar to emerge, a government that is by the people of Myanmar, for the people of Myanmar. This government will protect and respect the rights of all regardless regardless of race, religion, culture, ethnicity, gender or background. A secular government, free from corruption, a government that puts the people of Myanmar at the center, and a government that brings peace, stability, and prosperity not only to Myanmar, but also to our neighbours, and to the world.
Goalpost #5 – The National Unity Government.
The inclusive National Unity Government of Myanmar formed by the united voices of the people of Myanmar is founded on centered around unity. Our greatest strength is unity in diversity. This is the first time in the history of Myanmar that our people have had such a National Unity Government, and the main backbones of this government came from ethnic leaders, political parties, elected members of parliament, civil society organizations, and ethnic armed groups across the nation. In the coming days, weeks and months we will be engaging with all stakeholders both inside the country and in the international communities, including like-minded countries around the world, and our neighbours in ASEAN and partners in the UN, EU, and the free democratic world. We will be prioritizing and preparing to address a range of important issues faced by our nation, including protecting, promoting and respecting the rights, dignity, and improving the quality of life of our many ethnic communities, including the brave Rohingya people. I can tell you today, that I am proud to call the Rohingya my brothers, sisters, and fellow citizens. Above all, our priority is to end this murderous military junta in order to prevent a great national civil war and genocide. Together, we will build a new Myanmar where human rights, freedom, equality, stability, peace, hope, and prosperity will forever replace this current cruel reign of terror.
Goalpost #6 – Inclusive cooperation, collaboration, with all stakeholders.
These stakeholders include all ethnic communities within Myanmar who have been the victims of the terrorist military junta, including are Rohingya brothers and sisters. We will be cooperating together with all stakeholders, including civil society organizations, community based organizations, political parties, elected members of parliament both at the union, state and region levels, and ethnic armed organizations, together with the international communities, governments, organizations, agencies, unions, and alliances around the world.
Goalpost #7 – Draw a permanent constitution of Myanmar based on federal democratic principals.
The 11 ministries of the NUG will work very hard to coordinate the drafting of a permanent constitution based on a the consensus of all stakeholders previously named and upon the principals of a federal democratic union.
Goalpost #8 – National conventions and referendum.
A national convention and referendum on the permanent constitution of Myanmar based on federal democratic principals, after drawing the constitution, and through the consensus of all stake holders, will be convened and signed into law.
Goalpost #9 – Power sharing and resource sharing.
The power belongs to the people of Myanmar. All the resources of Myanmar belong also to the people of Myanmar. Therefore, the power and resources must be shared equally under the federal democratic union of Myanmar.
Goalpost #10 – Re-establishment of the three branches of the State.
The Parliamentarian, Executive, and Judiciary branches operate independently. These three branches of state must hold the highest level of transparency and accountability. Therefore, the federal democratic constitution of Myanmar, will hold these three branches accountable, and ensure that they operate independently within the confines of a federal democratic Union of Myanmar.