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Don’t give up on freeing Aung San Suu Kyi

August 12, 2009

The disappointing news that Aung San Suu Kyi has been found guilty in her trial for “violating the conditions of her house arrest” has come as no surprise to anyone paying a modicum to attention to the situation in Burma. She has been sentenced to another 18 months of house arrest, keeping her locked away until after Burma’s next general election. She has already spent 13 of the past 20 years in detention, but is one of more than 2,100 political prisoners currently locked away in Burma.

Until she is released unconditionally, there can be no genuine improvement in the human rights situation in Burma. Through her courage and commitment to non-violent protest, she has become a symbol of hope and inspiration in her own country and around the world.

Please take just a moment (literally) to send an appeal letter to the Burmese authorities calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi – and demand human rights for Burma.

You can also join the call for a global arms embargo against Burma. According to the Burma Campaign UK, the military regime in Burma is one of the most brutal in the world, using its half million strong army to oppress its population. Despite appalling human rights violations, there is no UN global arms embargo on Burma. The brutal regime is still allowed to buy foreign weapons to commit horrific human rights abuses and spends nearly half its budget on the military.

The regime is directly defying the United Nations Security Council. 20 years of gentle UN diplomacy, including a visit earlier this month by the UN Secretary General himself, have failed to achieve any breakthrough. It is time the generals faced consequences for their actions, a global arms embargo should be imposed immediately.

World leaders, including Prime Minster Gordon Brown, President Obama and the UN Secretary General have all condemned the actions of the Burmese regime. Help turn those words into real pressure by supporting the call for a global arms embargo. It can take less than a minute… 

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