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World Buddhist Sangha Council wants UN to restrain Myanmar

The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka), October 25, 2007

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The World Buddhist Sangha Council and the international organization of Buddhist monks have appealed to the UN to take immediate action to compel the Myanmar government to exercise restraint and stop them killing, torturing and detaining innocent monks as well as civilian protesters.

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The Council has also appealed to the UN to ensure persons detained are treated humanely and according to international laws. A press release issued by Secretary General (English section) of the Sangha Council, Ven. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thera says:

We send this letter of appeal to you to express our concern and strong condemnation and displeasure towards the unfortunate incidents taking place in Myanmar, a prominent Buddhist country. First we express our sympathy to those affected and share the pain and suffering experienced by innocent Buddhist monks together with the civilian masses.

The Buddhist Monks who have come forward to give voice to the continuous hardships of the people through peaceful protests and in order to request the Government to take measures to alleviate the suffering of the people.

We are horrified to hear through the international media, the harsh, brutal and inhumane way the rulers are going about crushing and suppressing these unarmed protesters, by using their military might.

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