Myanmar Peace Monitor

ABSDF

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All Burma Students’ Democratic Front

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံလံုးဆုိင္ရာ ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ား ဒီမိုကရက္တစ္ တပ္ဦး

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SUMMARY

Founded: November 1, 1988

Headquarters: KNU controlled area

Operational Area: KIA and KNU controlled areas

Estimated strength: 600+ (about 200 in Kachin state)

Leader:

  • Chairperson: U Than Khe
  • Vice-Chairperson U Myo Win
  • General SecretaryU Sonny Mahindra

The ABSDF is a student army that formed after the 1988 uprisings. Their objective is to fight for democracy and human rights in Myanmar alongside other democratic and ethnic nationality forces. They have 7 camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border, 3 camps along the Myanmar-India border and 3 camps on the Myanmar-China border. The ABSDF also has foreign branches in the US and Australia.

Aims and Objectives

  1. To liberate the peoples of Burma from the oppression of military dictatorship
  2. To achieve democracy and human rights
  3. To attain internal peace
  4. To bring about the emergence of a federal union in Burma

CEC members:

  1. Chairperson: Than Khe
  2. Vice-Chairperson: Myo Win
  3. General Secretary: Sonny Mahinder
  4. Joint-General Secretary (1): Myint Hein
  5. Joint-General Secretary (2): Khin Kyaw
  6. Central Leading Committee: Salai Yaw Aung
  7. Central Leading Committee: Wai Lynn Zin
  8. Central Committee Member: Soe Htut
  9. Central Committee Member: Moe Kyaw Oo
  10. Central Committee Member: Kyaw Ko
  11. Central Committee Member: Maung Oo
  12. Central Committee Member: Aye Lwin
  13. Central Committee Member: Thant Chain Myint
  14. Central Committee Member: Kyaw Kyaw Lin
  15. Central Committee Member: Dee Yu
  16. Central Committee Member (Reserve): Mya Win
  17. Central Committee Member (Reserve): Aung Win Tin
  18. Central Committee Member (Reserve): Thein Lwin

Peace Process

Stage 1: State level ceasefire agreement on 5 August 2013
Stage 2: State level ceasefire agreement on 10 August 2013


The ABSDF is a student army that formed after the 1988 uprisings. Their objective is to fight for democracy and human rights in Myanmar alongside other democratic and ethnic nationality forces. They have 7 camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border, 3 camps along the Myanmar-India border and 3 camps on the Myanmar-China border. The ABSDF also has foreign branches in the US and Australia.


Official delegation team

Rotational


Liaison offices

  1. Myawaddy
  2. Yangon

Meetings

 #  Date  Location  Militia rep  Govt Rep  Details
1 17/01/2012 Mae Sot, Thailand Vice-chairman Myo Win Aung Thaung ABSDF presented a ‘peace talk’ paper that defined their position. They accepted the government’s peace offer as constructive first step and ready to talk if they are allocated equal rights. The government sent a formal letter offering to engage in peace talks with the ABSDF on Jan.10, 2012.
2 09/02/2012 Mae Sot, Thailand Vice-chairman Myo Win Major Saw Khin Soe (representing Aung Thaung) No agreement was made, but both sides agreed to meet again for further negotiations.
3 09/11/2012 Chiang Mai, Thailand Chairman Than Khe, General secretary Myo Win and 4 others Aung Min Both parties agreed on two points: (1) allow an ABSDF delegation to safely conduct a series of studies on the conditions in Myanmar (2) to continue political dialogue with the government Hla Maung Shwe, Nyo Ohn Myint were present
4 18-24/12/2012 Naypyidaw and MPC Yangon Chairman Than Khe, Secretary Sonny Mahindra and 7 others Aung Min and MPC members An ABSDF delegation organized a study trip to better understand the government’s development and implementation of the peace process in the country. During the trip, they consulted with 88 Generation Student Group leaders, SNLD leader Khun Htun Oo and other ethnic political party leaders. The ABSDF delegation also met with their respective families.
5 21/05/2013 MPC ABSDF U Aung Min Ko Kyaw Ko and Ko Sonny Mahindra led the ABSDF met with U Aung Min at MPC on May 21. ABSDF said "peace and national reconcialiation is important and priority to implement". they discussed about continuing peace talks. Representatives from northern region did not turn up as the govt did not provide assistance or security.
6 12/07/2013 Chiang Mai, Thailand ABSDF technical team MPC technical team No resulted
7 05/08/2013 Yangon-MPC ABSDF- total 34- 24 from CEC, 5 from northern and 5 from India UPWC/ MPC 4 agreement, 1. starting from august 5 to ceasefire, 2. ABSDF members must be free going around without weapons 3. Liasions office open at Myawaddy and other places etc. 4. Union level discussion will be on 10 August for official representative. 12 points proposed by ABSDF.
8 10/08/2013 Yangon-MPC ABSDF Chairman Than Khe, Vice-Chairman Myo Win, General Secretary Sonny and CEC members U Aung Min and U Thein Zaw,Lt-Gen Thet Naing Win, U Ohn Myint, U Khin Yi and U Zeyar Aung,U Zaw Min, Deputy Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo, the Kayin state advocate-general, the state security and border affairs minister, the senior military officers from the Office of Commander-inChief (Army), members of Myanmar Peace Center 12 points agreement
9 08/11/2013 Yangon-MPC General Secretary Sonny and CEC members UPWC technical team Informal meeting
10 09/11/2013 Yangon-MPC ABSDF/ ALP UPWC- Aung Min Informal meeting
11 20/11/2013 Nay Pyi Taw ABSDF UPWC- Aung Min UPWC and ABSDF meets in Naypyitaw for the ceasefire terms during the union level talks.
12 30/05/2014 Naypyitaw Ko Sonny and Ko Kyaw Lin Minister of commerce U Win Myint Business

Developments

Demands:
release all political prisoners
stop offensives in Kachin state and start political dialogue
nationwide ceasefire
build mutual trust and respect
all inclusive dialogue

Initial Agreements:
The government requested for the ABSDF to surrender their arms and set up a political party.


Activities with partners

The ABSDF supports the KIA in military campaigns. (1988-96, 2011-ongoing)

During the ABSDF delegation study trip in December, 2012, they met with NLD patron Tin Oo Ethnic Shan, Arakan and Mon leaders from the United Nationalities Alliance and 88 Generation Students group.


Statements

10 May 2015 - ABSDF's message for 79th anniversary of ABFSU

10 Mar, 2015 - ABSDF released a statement on police cracked down on students protest
Nov 20, 2014 - ABSDF released a statement on Myanmar army attacked KIA academy
Aug 10, 2013 - UPWC and ABSDF signed 12 points Union Level peace agreement (Eng)
Aug 10, 2013 - UPWC and ABSDF signed 12 points Union Level peace agreement (Bur)
Aug 05, 2013 - 4 points agreement ABSDF and UPWC
Jul 30, 2013 - ABSDF's statement on peace talks
Jan 07, 2013 - War conflict in Kachin state
Jan 07, 2013 - Requesting Buddhist monk
Jan 03, 2013 - Press conference in Yangon
Dec 18, 2012 - The first field trip to Yangon
Mar 31, 2012 - Postpone the Union level meeting date
Feb 09, 2012 - Preliminary meeting
Nov 08, 2011 - Ceasefire and peace process

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