IUSY congratulates The Alliance’s 8th National Congress

3 06 2012

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Dear Friends and Comrades,

I would like to say thank you so much for inviting us (IUSY) to your 8th National Congress and I am grateful to have an opportunity to send a message of solidarity on behalf of the IUSY Asia Pacific Region. At the same time, we are so sorry for not being able to join you in person at this time.

First of all, I would like to say “congratulations” to you all at SCAP. SCAP is a fantastic student movement that serves as a good example for the region. Undoubtedly, we need more student councils and unions like SCAP in the schools, in countries in the region and around the world to protect the rights of students and promote the leadership roles of young people. SCAP is a model for other student formations in the region, those existing and those which are still to be formalized. So you have more responsibilities to encourage student leaders to organize for change, social justice and equality.

I would also like to express my deepest gratitude for the strong support of SCAP in the free Burma movement in the Philippines and in the region. The central administration in Burma has made some superficial structural adjustments to parliamentary politics, however, life for the majority of working and peasant classes of Burma continues as before: grinding toil and a struggle for survival under the heel of an exploitative political-military-business over class. We, the student youth of Burma, have risen up and are determined to remove the chains imposed by powerful elites who would keep us weak and impoverished. We move, and we are encouraged to keep moving by the support and fraternal relations of SCAP, which is why we are so happy to have been invited to speak to you on this occasion.

We are surrounded by inequality and injustice as global superpowers and international capital reign unchecked, perpetuating warfare, poverty and environmental devastation worldwide. Only international solidarity and fraternal relations among students, workers, peasants, the majority of men and women across borders can create an alternative and better future.

Again, I would like to say that we might be young and new to politics, but I want you to know that each of us has a grave responsibility to serve our countries; as Dr. Jose Rizal said, “the youth are the hope of our future”. I hope that you will have a meaningful congress and come up with fruitful decisions for progressive reform. Let’s build up an equal world for all! We are inheriting a world left ravaged by inequality and oppression: let’s build unbreakable relations between ourselves, mobilize the youth of today to move as one, united and dedicated to a better tomorrow.

Thank You!

With Socialist regards,
Naw Maybel Htoo
Vice President for Asia Pacific
International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY)

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