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Fwd: Help Free Aung San Suu Kyi
Mar 18th, 2009 - 13:13:43
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Alice Jay - Avaaz.org
> To: lizeth.alvarez (at) sympatico.ca
> Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 9:04 AM
> Subject: Help Free Aung San Suu Kyi
> Dear friends,
> Burma's peaceful pro democracy activists are calling on UN Secretary-
> General Ban Ki Moon to secure the release of political prisoners.
> Stand with them -
> Sign the petition
> Burmese pro democracy leader and Nobel peace prize winner, Aung San
> Suu Kyi, has spent 13 years detained by the Burmese military junta.
> She and thousands of fellow monks and students have been imprisoned
> for bravely challenging their brutal regime with calls for
> democracy. This week a glimmer of hope has risen for their release,
> and it's time for us to stand with them.
> Risking danger to speak out for their jailed friends, Burmese
> activists this week demanded the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all
> political prisoners and called on the world to help. As the global
> economic crisis makes aid flows more essential, Burma's generals are
> becoming more vulnerable to international pressure, but we need a
> flood of petition signatures to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to
> make this a top priority. Follow the link to sign the petition, and
> forward this email on to make sure she and her fellow prisoners are
> The Burmese organizers have set a goal of 888,888 signatures. The
> number 8 is powerful in Burmese culture, and the ruling junta is
> extremely superstitious - such a large and significant number might
> have a special influence on them. But this issue isn't in the
> headlines, so to build our numbers we need to forward this email and
> persuade our friends to help.
> Aung San Suu Kyi is the international face of the struggle for
> democracy in Burma. She has been detained over and over again since
> 1988. She is now under house arrest and is allowed no contact with
> the outside world.
> But growing international pressure is working -- In December, 112
> former Presidents and Prime Ministers from 50 countries sent a
> letter to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging him to press
> for the release of all political prisoners, and 20 political
> prisoners were released in February after a United Nations envoy
> visited the country.
> Sources now say that the military regime is fearful of this unified
> and massive online call to the UN -- over 160 Burma exile and
> solidarity groups in 24 countries are participating in the campaign.
> But it will take all of us and all our friends signing this petition
> to get Mr Bans attention. Avaaz has done it before for Burma we
> can do it again. Click here to stop the arrests and brutality:
> This is one of those times where if enough of us act we can truly
> make a difference. Lets join the courageous Burmese democracy
> activists in jail and in hiding and help end this violent repression.
> In hope and solidarity,
> Alice, Ricken, Pascal, Graziela, Veronique, Iain, Paul, Luis, Paula,
> Brett and the whole Avaaz team
> For more about the Global Campaign visit:
> For more about Burmese political prisoners visit:
> Article on torture in Burmese jails:
> Some prisoners release after UN envoy visit February 2009:
> Letter from former presidents:
> For more about Aung San Suu Kyi visit:
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