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Last updated: 20 September, 2007 - Published 13:15 GMT
 
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"Boycott Burma regime" - AHRC
 
Buddhist monks protest in Burma
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) urge the Buddhist community worldwide to join with monks in Burma and boycott anybody from or associated with its military regime.

"We urge the honourable members of the Sangha (Buddhist community) everywhere to follow the example set by their counterparts in Burma", Basil Fernando, executive director of the Hong Kong-based regional rights group, said.

AHRC also request the Sangha to formally declare that they will not accept alms from representatives of the military government, including staff of Burmese embassies and consulates, or persons directly associated with it.

The call followed three days of marches by thousands Buddhist monks around Burma.

They demanded from the union in Mandalay that the government authorities apologise for a September 5 assault on monks who were demonstrating against sudden price rises of fuels in August.

One is alleged to have died from the assault.

Monks in numerous parts of the country, including Rangoon, Pegu, Mandalay, Sittwe and Mogoke, have also since Monday held ceremonies to declare a boycott against all members of the military regime and their associates.

The declaration of a boycott, which is decided in accordance with an ancient code of discipline, means that the monks will neither accept donations nor preach or preside over ceremonies where members of the junta, army personnel and others are participating.

 
 
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