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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.
"A referendum on whether oil-rich southern Sudan breaks away to become Africa's newest nation is scheduled to take place in less than four months. But with negotiations between north and south stalled over border demarcation, and preparations for the vote lagging perilously behind, the likelihood of the referendum proceeding as planned appears slim."
"The referendum on independence for Southern Sudan is a 'ticking time bomb,' US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said."
"The commission organizing Southern Sudan’s referendum on independence set for Jan. 9 plans to start registering voters next month, a spokesman for the body said."
"US President Barack Obama will attend a UN-organized summit on Sudan on the margins of the UN General Assembly on September 24, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said on Wednesday."
"South Sudan's parliament on Tuesday named as official leader of the opposition a member of the breakaway Sudan People's Liberation Movement-Democratic Change, an offshoot from the ruling SPLM party."