As blog readers may know I have had a strong interest in Burma since visiting there many years ago - I have also supported many actions by the Burma campaign - well here is now a petition to sign....a global signature campaign which aims to collect 888,888 signatures before 24 May 2009 the legal date that Burma’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi should be released from house arrest.
The petition calls on the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to make it his personal priority to secure the release of all political prisoners in Burma, as the essential first step towards democracy in the country. Please sign the petition now: http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/fbppn.htm
The target of 888,888 signatures symbolises 8.8.88, the day the junta massacred some 3,000 people who courageously protested in Burma’s largest democracy uprising.
Political Prisoners In Burma – Facts
* There are over 2,100 political prisoners in Burma.
* They are innocent: These prisoners have committed no crime. They have been imprisoned for peacefully calling for democracy and freedom in Burma.
* They are subjected to horrific torture: Once in prison, democracy activists face horrific torture, including electric shocks, rape, iron rods rubbed on their shins until the flesh rubs off, severe beatings and solitary confinement.
* They endure terrible suffering: Many prisoners are kept in their cells 24 hours a day, given inadequate food and are in poor health. However, the regime appears to be systematically denying medical treatment to political prisoners.
Sign the petition now: http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/fbppn.htm