Chin League for Democracy Party presents policy, stance and work program

Salai Wom Za Pyaung, General Secretary of Chin League for  Democracy Party.
Salai Wom Za Pyaung, General Secretary of Chin League for Democracy Party.
Party logo.
Party logo.

General Secretary Salai Wom Za Pyaung of Chin League for Democracy presented the party’s policy, stance and work program on radio and television on 16 September.
Following is a translation of the presentation:
Respected and esteemed people,
Allow me to extend my heartiest greetings with the words Mingalar Par for the physical and mental wellbeing of all people.
I am General Secretary Salai Wom Za Pyaung (Salai PP) of Chin League for Democracy (CLD) Party. I will present the policy, stance and work program of Chin League for Democracy.
Respected and esteemed people,
Even before subjugation under the British, Chin nationals have had the opportunity for self-determination and had administered the homeland independently. When the land was under the British rule, it was administered by The Chin Hills Regulation – 1896.
Representatives headed by Bogyoke Aung San and the leaders of Chin, Kachin and Shan nationals signed the Panglong Agreement on 12 February 1947 for the establishment of the Union of Myanmar. Since the Chin nationals had signed the historic Panglong Agreement, they are among the nationals that jointly founded the Union of Myanmar, and therefore, they have the responsibility for non-disintegration of the country.
Respected and esteemed people,
The aspiration and essence of the Panglong Agreement by leaders of the nationals has not been incorporated and integrated in the 1947 Constitution of the Union of Burma, the 1974 Constitution of the Union of Burma, and the Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (2008).
Ethnic armed groups and the civil war were born together with the independece of the country, and the conflict has existed for 70 years. It is due to this reason that the aspiration mentioned in the Panglong Agreement for a federal union system could not be implemented, there is an absence of self-determination of the nationals, non-existence of guarantee to protect suppression over the minority nationals. Therefore, it is necessary to implement the non-disintegration of the Union, to forge the unity of all the nationalities, to end the civil war in the country, to realize the national reconciliation, to build the country where nationals have equality, and to have self-determination of all the nationalities.
The Chin League for Democracy has been constituted and founded with the objective to build a federal union and to exercise self-administration system. Moreover, it is formed with the aim and objective to represent and stand by the whole Chin nationals, to ensure obtaining all the rights according to law, to have rights to participate in the task for non-integration of the country on the same level with other nationalities in the nation.
Allow me to explain on the symbol and logo of our Chin League for Democracy.
At the background of the party flag with color, there are three rhododendrons in red color along with male and female hornbills facing upfront with the words “Chin League for Democracy Party” and inscribed under with the founding year, 2014.
It means that the background color represents the party, the three rhododendrons depict the ever freshening flowers of Chin Hills, the three flowers stand out as liberty, justice and equality. The hornbills — male and female birds — speak out for the loyalty of Chin nationals and the gender equality, in addition to allegiance and devotion for the stability and perpetuation of the Union.
Respected and esteemed people,
Please allow me to explain the policy and the aspiration of the party. Just to get a democratic system is not enough for Chin nationals. In accordance with the Panglong Agreement and the Panglong commitments, it is necessary to build a federal union system for all the nationalities of the country, including the Chin nationals, where all nationals have the rights to exercise in the legislative, administrative and judiciary sectors. Moreover, among broader context of the Chin nationals, the minority Chin tribes must never be suppressed, influenced and humiliated, but treated with equality and fairness.
It is therefore, at a time when the constitution is amended or modified, integration and incorporation is inevitably needed for a federal union system and self-determination. Implementation of development projects is the obvious duty of the government, and no matter what government comes into power, development tasks are to be carried out, and it is appropriate and more important for nationals in building a federal union.
For the second part, I would like to say that the Chin nationals were deprived of political, economic and social rights, as it was only given Chin special area division instead of Chin State, despite the fact that the Chin nationals were part of the Union of Myanmar in accordance with the Panglong Agreement. With the backdrop of denial of rights for self-determination, Chin nationals need to endeavor within the bound of law to get the rights for self-determination.
The third point that I would like to say is that the Chin State is the poorest area throughout successive eras, as it was not treated with equal and fair development projects. Now is the time that the Chin nationals must attempt to get the full rights for the political, economic and social tasks.
The fourth point is about the fact that Myanmar has already signed the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (commonly abbreviated as the CRC) agreements. Moreover, the country has also signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that full rights for the children are secured, that the women are protected from violence, that gender equality be granted, that religious freedom prevails, and that the minority rights is guaranteed. Therefore, the Chin League for Democracy would try its best in getting the rights for all nationalities, including the Chin nationals. The Chin League for Democracy has been formed to work for the stability and perpetuation of the country along with the nationalities and also stand on the side of Chin nationals in accordance with the law.
The fifth part that I would like to present is that to protect the minority Chin tribes and interests of the Chin nationals, and to enact basic and adequate laws for them.
Another point is that the Chin nationals are residing not only in the Chin State but also have spread out and staying outside the state, such as in Rakhine State, Sagaing, Magway and Yangon regions. Moreover, Chin nationals can be seen in many countries around the world.
The leaders of the Chin Party have decided to serve the interest of each Chin national to enable to enjoy rights according to law. Regarding politics, economics and social matters, the Chin nationals will be able to have the rights on a par equal to other nationals. As the Chin nationals happens to be minority people, adequate protection would be provided according to law.
Lastly, I would like to say that Chin State has only a population of 500,000. If added with other Chin nationals residing outside of the Chin State, the number may come up to one million people. With that setting, it is necessary to avoid acts that may create division and disunity, and by all means we need to unite to the best of our ability.
Chin nationals and Chin tribes may not be the same in their attitude and perspective over different themes and cases, but we must discuss, negotiate and compromise with mutual understanding.
In implementing this plan and objective, we have to endeavor for unity and join hands with other political parties, organizations and individuals that are also stepping ahead for a genuine federal union and for self-determination similar to Chin League for Democracy.
The Chin League for Democracy has joined and participated in the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) as a political party representative in 2015. Moreover, it took part in the political discussion framework, and furthermore, the party participated in the initiative role in the Union Peace Conference held from 12 to 16 January 2016. Based on the result of the by-election, the party has the desire to actively participate in the upcoming Union peace process.
The by-election is scheduled to be held on 3 November 2018, and the Chin League for Democracy candidate Salai Aung Lyan will compete for the Chin State Hluttaw from Matupi Township constituency 1. Candidate U On Khaw Htan (a) U Chit Maung of the party will compete for the Sagaing Region Hluttaw from Tamu District, Tamu Township constituency 2. I urge voters to vote for our candidates.
In conclusion, I wish all the best, success, health and prosperity for all the people.
Thank you.

Translated by UMT (HK)

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