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NLD starts social networking for youth

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Social networking, which is sweeping across the world, will be the focus of a young people’s group being organized and supported by Aung San Suu Kyi.

National League for Democracy General-Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi walks to the NLD headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, on Tuesday before a meeting with young people from across the country during which she urged them to study the weaknesses of Burma's judicial system. Photo: MizzimaThe outreach effort is called ‘The People’s Network’.

All current NLD social activities will be linked up and connected, and others added, leaders of the National League for Democracy said on Wednesday, following a meeting of young people from across the country in Rangoon.

The two-day meeting held at NLD headquarters was attended by young people from NLD branches in states and divisions including Shan, Kachin, Chin, Rakhine, Mandalay and Magwe and about 200 young people who were not NLD members.

‘The People’s Network proposed by auntie [Suu Kyi)] means a network built around the principles of democracy and human rights and loving people from all walks of life. It will work not only in urban areas but also in rural areas too’, said Myo Nyunt, who heads the program.

He told Mizzima that a Gmail account, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,  has been created to link up and talk with young people.

‘This Gmail account will connect all people from states and divisions. They can log on to this account and they can say what they want to do, how they can help, what they need…’, Myo Nyunt said.

A lawyer from Taunggyi in Shan State, who is not an NLD member, told Mizzima that she believed the social network could have an affect on civic life.

‘I don’t know about other places, but there are about 20 people who will take part in this movement in Taunggyi’, she said. ‘We [lawyers] represent many cases there free of charge, and we will continue this work and tell other people to join us if they want to help.

‘For lawyers, we cannot advertise for our work. So people who suffer injustices and have grievances, they need to contact us. We can do our work only after receiving contact from them’, she said.

Myo Nyunt said that a focus of the network also will be the creation of a second Panglong conference, referring to the conference held by Suu Kyi’s father, Aung San, with ethnic group leaders, which expressed the need for principles of equality and independence for ethnic groups within the nation. He said preparatory work for such a conference has begun, but more organisation is needed.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:06 )  

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