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Help Free Aung San Suu Kyi‏ - Burmese Pro Democracy leader

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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 freed:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_burma_political_prisoners

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 Ban’s attention. Avaaz has done it before for Burma – we can do it again. Click here to stop the arrests and brutality:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_burma_political_prisoners

This is one of those times where if enough of us act we can truly make a difference. Let’s 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:
http://www.fbppn.net/?page_id=582

For more about Burmese political prisoners visit:
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=46118

Article on torture in Burmese jails:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/02/AR200601...

Some prisoners release after UN envoy visit February 2009:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/22/AR200902...

Letter from former presidents:
http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/index.php/burma/news/Letter-from-112-For...

For more about Aung San Suu Kyi visit:
http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/aboutburma/aung_san_suu_kyi.htm

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ABOUT AVAAZ Avaaz.org is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform global decision-making. (Avaaz means "voice" in many languages.) Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in Ottawa, London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Buenos Aires, and Geneva. Call us at: +1 888 922 8229 or +55 21 2509 0368 Click here to learn more about our largest campaigns.

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JaniceW's picture

Thank you

As Aung San Suu Kyi so eloquently said:

"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands."

Jensine's picture

We love Daw Suu Kyi

Dear Tanya -
Are you a member of Avaaz yourself? Thank you so much to alerting our community to this. Aung San Suu Kyi is probably my greatest hero and role model in all my life. One day it is my great wish to meet her, and thank her for changing the course of my own life.

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

Tanya's picture

Re: We love Daw Suu Kyi

Hi Jensine,

No, I am not a member. However, I am subscribed to their mailing list/action alerts and try to contribute my two cents when possible. Avaaz has been running a very effective and exhaustive campaign since the recent uprising by the monks in Burma so I'm sure you could link up with their work with regards to this issue and be a part. Online activism truly has the potential to make a difference.

Regards,

Tanya

Tanya's picture

Re: Thankyou

Janice,

Im sure it's possible to free Aung San Suu Kyi in the near future InshaAllah. Like, I mentioned above online activism truly has the potential to make a difference - obviously provided that it's followed with work on the ground. From whatever I have gathered, the junta in Burma is now more than ever under the radar, simply because of the fact that almost nothing remains hidden in today's world. Blogs, newsletters, action alerts, websites of organizations or groups dedicated to a cause, even networking sites like facebook are capable of harnessing support and producing change from all across the spectrum. Facebook for example is somewhat the new face in this arena. Take this particular uprising, issues within Pakistan, Obama's campaign, the recent attack on Gaza by the Israeli government, the campaign run by women in India who were against the Sri Ram Sene for the managlore pub attack are just a few amongst SO much that is being put up and worked on that site. I obviously sound like a fan haha but my point simply being; for someone whose not big on technology, I've seen the potential something as simple as a networking site can have if used correctly and Im impressed! :)

Have you come across the wedding photograph of the daughter of the so called Burmese leader? Amazing how these people can get away with it. Take Mugabe's recent birthday bash. I was shocked to hear that the general life expectancy of men and women has plunged down to mid thirties! And this when the president of the country is celebrating his 87th birthday -if I'm not mistaken- with caviar and champagne on the expense of his starving population.

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