Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Woman Needs Our Help!

Global Action for Burma: Free Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted in Asia on May 16, 2009 by buffalohair

flag NLD-LA


Posted: 15 May 2009 11:08 AM PDT

On 6th of May, an American citizen was detained by Burmese military regime after secretly swimming across Inya Lake, Rangoon to gain access to the Nobel Laureate’s House. According to the official Burmese media, he was identified as 53-year old former military serviceman John William Yettaw of Falcon, Missouri, USA. On 13th of May, American diplomat was allowed to meet with him. Although his motives for the alleged lake exploits remain unclear, it caused the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi to serve jail terms under the anti-subversion laws.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent most of the past 19 years detained in virtual isolation in her crumbing compound since the junta refused to recognize her party’s landslide victory in the country’s last election in 1990. Her last period of detention at her home expires at the end of May. This expiration of six years of house arrest, without trail or charge or even figleaf of legal respectability, was to have yanked away from the generals.

Now, due to the uninvited access to her compound by American citizen, the military generals no longer need to trouble themselves with legal niceties and it has given them a ready-made reason to imprison the most prominent political prisoner up for at least another five years. It would perfectly play into the hands of the junta if the United States of America and international community do not stand up with the People of Burma who have been oppressed by the junta for several years.

Therefore, we call upon the international community and overseas Burmese people around the world to the global action for Free Aung San Suu Kyi. Demonstrations and a number of activities will take place in different countries. We would like to encourage everyone to join with us to show solidarity and unity.

“Add your voice to a call for Free Aung San Suu Kyi”

Independence Campaign
Global Action for Burma

Please contact the following persons for detailed information.

(Independence campaign is a results-oriented coalition dedicated to Free Aung San Suu Kyi campaign to share information about the activities. Please kindly contact Mr. Sai Myo Win ( and Ms. Nang Thida Aye (ntda.dwg@gmail) for campaigns update and campaigns information if your country is not listed in the above list.)

Mr. Myo Thein (UK), Tel: +44 208 493 9137, Email:
Mr. Yin Aye (USA) , Tel: + 1 301 905 7591, Email:
Mr. Ko Ko Aung (Japan), Tel: + 81 090 1506 2893, Email:
Mr. Kyaw Than (India), Tel: +91 9810601506, Email:
Mr. Yin Htwe (Thailand), Email:
Mr. Si Thu (Canada), Email:
Ms. Khin Ma Ma Myo (Scotland), Tel: +44 1224 524 077, Email:
Ms. Nang Thida Aye, Email:
Mr Sai Myo Win, Tel: +66 835 823 490, Email:

Store shelves in every country on the planet are filled with goods and supplies manufactured by a myriad of corporations who are invested in Burma in spite of sanctions imposed on Than Shwe’s government. This is the primary reason sanctions did not succeed in the first place. It is time to sanction companies who’ve supported Burma in earnest, but really mean it. If everyone who is aware of Aung San Suu Kyi’s plight is truly sincere about their concern they will pay more attention to the names of corporations and countries that finance Burma. Nations can’t achieve what the average citizen can as far as sanctions are concerned. We have the same financial clout as The World Bank if we put our minds to it. Daewoo is only one of many corporations heavily invested in Burma’s tyranny and they fill shelves with electronic contraptions and cars on every highway on the Globe. If everyone “just said no” to Daewoo products Daewoo would be forced to divest in Burma. Suzuki is another one of Japans corporations who are in partnership with Than Shwe. US and European firms also share the dishonor of working with Asia’s devil. See *“Dirty List” for more details.

If corporate and economic issues are to take precedents over humanity then it’s time for humanity to use economics in its battle for human rights. Fight fire with fire.

*Dirty List provided by Burma Campaign UK


Gerry said...

I did not know much at all about this. I will come back later and see if I can send my protest. If only protests would help. But one never knows what might, but effort must be made, I realize, so there can be an impact. Gerry

Ann LRD said...

If corporate and economic issues are to take precedents over humanity then it’s time for humanity to use economics in its battle for human rights. Fight fire with fire.

*Dirty List provided by Burma Campaign UK