Wa CSO request its leader stand on Burma’s coup

Nyii Kah / March 27, 2021

Wa anti-coup protester holding Wa flag

Wa Civil Society Organizations (WCSO) has inquired Wa supreme leader Bao Youxiang to announce the policy and stand of United Wa State Party (UWSP) and its armed wing United Wa State Army (UWSA) regarding the Burma’s current political situation after the February 1st coup.

Wa CSO urged UWSP/UWSA to speak out on recent Burma’s military coup and perform to release the detained Wa and other ethnic people who involved in the nationwide anti-coup demonstration, according to the open letter released on Thursday by the Wa Civil Society Organizations. The letter requested UWSP/UWSA to stand together with Burmese citizens who are fighting against the Burmese military regime.

The open letter stated that the WCSO have absolute trust on UWSP/UWSA as the organization which is dependable, and represents for all Wa people. Wa Civil Society Organizations also requested UWSP/UWSA to release its policy on Burma’s Federal Democracy platform.

Bao Youxiang is the Chairman of UWSP and the Commander-in-Chief of UWSA. He is also the President of the Wa State, also known as Wa Self-administered Region. There has been no official statement of UWSP/UWSA regarding the military coup.

The open letter was released on Thursday after the Wa Civil Society Organizations discussed and agreed on Burma’s political situation. The Wa CSO involved the following organizations; Lashio Wa Youth Congress, Wa Distance Education Students, Panglong Wa Nationalities, Kengtung Wa Literature and Culture Association, Tanyang Wa Youth Network, Yangon Wa Student Fellowship, Wa Women Network, Wa Student Association and University Students of Wa Christian Fellowship.

Wa State was emerged in April 1989 when UWSP/UWSA leaders reached a ceasefire agreement with previous military regime State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC). UWSA is the largest ethnic armed organization in Burma.