Drawing upon the voices of cultural leaders to protect and assist the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced.
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.
"When President Obama was elected, I was filled with hope that America would regain the moral standing to aid those who are impoverished and oppressed around the world. I have since rejoiced to see him reversing the most obnoxious policies of the Bush administration--by ending torture, announcing the closure of the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay and engaging the world on climate change, to name just a few. But there is another issue on which America's moral leadership is desperately needed, and here, it must be acknowledged, President Bush was on the side of the angels: the struggle for human rights and justice in Burma."
"The United States is alarmed by the deteriorating security in Sudan's Darfur region and wants the situation to be 'effectively addressed,' its ambassador to the UN said Tuesday."
"The African Union called for the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrants against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to be suspended while the continental body carries out a probe into alleged genocide in Darfur."
"There is a risk of increased instability in Sudan due to a lack of a peace deal for Darfur and a looming referendum on whether South Sudan should secede from the North, the U.N. chief said in a report released on Monday."
"A regional summit in Chad on Thursday backed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is wanted for war crimes and genocide saying it rejected 'all accusations' against him."
"A Sudanese rebel group has signed an agreement to allow the UN access to its bases to check children are not being recruited as soldiers."