The Anglican Peace and Justice Network met in New York NY in May 1996. This year the Network shared in the Round Table Conference on World Debt. Human rights were the main issue and the network heard about the work of the South African Truth Commission and about the meeting between Episcopal Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning and Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
"Although the meeting rejoiced at the news of the UN decision at Geneva that anti-personnel land mines should be declared illegal, they were distressed to see a White House spokesman saying that the one exception must be the frontier between North and South Korea". As a result of this, the network voted to hold its next meeting in South Korea.
"We have received a report from Anglican Church sources outside the country in East Asia concerning a very 'tense' situation in Laos and 'deep trouble' in Burma. The report indicates that in both situations people have been arrested, tortured and killed ... The Karen community, on the Delta region, have been directly targeted by the Army. Other actions include the closing of all universities in reaction to demonstrations this week in favour of Aung San Suu Kyi and democracy."
"The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is contributing $20,000 to a planned food assistance program for the Rohingya people of Myanmar, victims of what a United Nations official has called 'a textbook example of ethnic cleansing'. More than half a million Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh after a brutal military crackdown against Rohingya insurgents in Rakhine state August 25 . The Rohingyas are a predominantly Muslim minority living in mostly Buddhist Myanmar". "In September , Nobel laureate and retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu urged Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene in the escalating crisis, saying, 'If the political price to your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too high'."