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Burmese freedom fighter and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been under government-sponsored house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years. As Suu Kyi awaits an upcoming trial on May 18th on charges meant to extend her imprisonment, Not On Our Watch has organized an international statement calling for her release.
Luminaries from across the cultural, political, and social spheres, including Not On Our Watch founders George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, as well as Bono, Madonna, Steven Spielberg, Nobel Laureates Professor Elie Wiesel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Senator John McCain, among others, have united to demand that the Burmese military regime free Aung San Suu Kyi now.
Follow the link to read the statement and see a full list of signatories.
Amid recent news reports detailing the continued detention and worsening health of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Western media, governing bodies, international and local NGOs have issued statements calling for immediate aid to Burmese political prisoners. On May 11, the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) released a report outlining the hardships faced by these prisoners, entitled: "Burma's Prisons and Labor Camps: Silent Killing Fields." Following this, the EU issued a statement calling on the Burmese regime to provide Suu Kyi with proper medical attention. On May 13, Amnesty International released a statement condemning the lack of care given to political prisoners.
Follow the jump for links to the report and these statements, as well as to a petition in support of Burma's political prisoners.
"Southern African leaders have ended a regional summit by calling on the international community to lift all sanctions on Zimbabwe."
U Win Tin, a founding member of Burma's leading Democratic opposition party, the National League for Democracy, has written an op-ed in the Washington Post addressing the upcoming 2010 elections in Burma.
Follow the jump for the full text of the article.
"The pro-democracy party of detained Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the ruling junta Tuesday to allow it to reopen its branch offices, which would be crucial for taking part in next year's planned national elections."
"Leaders of the SouthernAfrican Development Community assembled for a summit Monday in the Democratic Republic of Congo decided not to examine progress by Zimbabwe's national unity government and discuss issues that continue to trouble power-sharing in Harare, but will hold an extraordinary summit in a few weeks focused exclusively on Zimbabwe."
"A member of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party has been beaten to death by soldiers for playing a song praising the premier, his Movement for Democratic Change said Tuesday."