Burma’s democracy leader and Nobel Peace prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been locked up on new trumped up charges, just days before her 13 years of detention was due to expire.
She and thousands of fellow monks and students have been imprisoned for bravely challenging the brutal military regime with peaceful calls for democracy.
To sign the petition calling for the release of her and all political prisoners click here.
Risking danger to speak out for their detained friends, Burmese activists are demanding the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners and calling on the world to help. We have just six days to get a flood of petition signatures to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon calling on him to make their release a top priority — he can make this a condition of any renewed international engagement.
On May 14th, Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested and sent to jail, charged in connection with an American man who allegedly sneaked uninvited into the compound where she is being held in Rangoon.
The charges are absurd — it is the Burmese military, now accusing her of breach of house arrest, that are responsible for the security of the compound. It is a pretext to keep her detained until after elections which are set for 2010.
The Burmese regime is reknown for its repression of any threat to military control – thousands are in jail in inhumane conditions and denied any medical care, there are ongoing abuses of human and labour rights, forced labour is rampant, there is violent repression of ethnic groups, and over a million have been forced into refuge across Burm’s borders.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s is the greatest threat to the junta’s hold on power. Her moral leadership of the democracy movement and the legacy of the landslide victory in 1990 elections means that she is the only figure who could face down the military in elections next year. She has been detained over and over again since 1988 — under house arrest and allowed no contact with the outside world.
Over 160 Burma exile and solidarity groups in 24 countries are participating in the campaign. The UN Secretary General and key regional players, can influence the fate of these political prisoners.
Last week Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said: ‘Aung San Suu Kyi and all those that have a contribution to make to the future of their country must be free’. Let’s overwhelm him with a global call to urgently act on his words and stop the arrests and brutality.
To find out more about the situation in Burma and the campaign for democracy and human rights, visit the Australia Burma Campaign at www.aucampaignforburma.org
Take further action
64ForSuu.org is a global campaign to free Aung San Suu Kyi, and to channel outrage over her trial and the continued detention of all political prisoners. Add your 64 word message (or 64 character twitter, image or song) which will be delivered to her on her 64th birthday on the 19th June.