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Petition from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners - seeking 88,888 signatures by May [Mar. 9th, 2009|11:59 am]
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The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a Burmese group working to practically help nonviolent political prisoners in the country as well as raise awareness of their situation, has developed a petition for the release of the remaining imprisoned activists.

Please read more about the situation and the organization and consider signing here: http://www.fbppn.net/?page_id=5

The group has created a Facebook page for their cause and the situation in Burma: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=526821601&ref=profile#/group.php?gid=17725816181&ref=mf

Filmmaker, wife and mother Daw Ma Khin Khin Leh has been released...hopefully more will follow!
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Mid-January news from and about Burma [Jan. 20th, 2009|02:14 pm]
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Activist in Myanmar jailed for 104 years - others also endure long prison terms: http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent/NewsStory.aspx?cpath=20090115/ACQDJON200901150022DOWJONESDJONLINE000006.htm&&mypage=newsheadlines&title=Myanmar%20Junta%20Jails%20Activist%20For%20104%20Years

Thai prime minister speaks out on Burma, encourages democratic change and frank discussions with the regime in which its neighbors push continually for greater freedom and human rights. Discouraged sanctions but believes in continued democratic pressure. http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14932

Let's give credit where it is due: many Burmese praise Laura Bush for speaking out on human rights and working to raise awareness of their political and humanitarian situation: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14913 Americans, let's encourage Obama to continue her efforts for peace and liberty in Burma. Opposition party leaders in Burma expect the incoming administration to support human rights in Burma but fear the Israel/Palestine conflict and U.S. economic issues may take attention away from Burma. http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14958

Karen refugees still fear attacks, civilians find the camps far from secure as ethnic separatist clashes go on: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14950

Memories and creative writing, as well as the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, keep people alive in Burmese prisons: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14956 I wonder if it would be possible to write letters or notes of encouragement to prisoners or to donate to the AAPP?
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Latest news December-January, sorry for my absence [Jan. 5th, 2009|08:38 pm]
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Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD opposition members celebrate Burma's Independence Day from Britain with music, tensions between National League for Democracy and junta still unresolved: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?cat_id=2

Cyclone Nargis survivors cry out to the dead, continue to need support long after the storm: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14867

Burmese analysts probe prospects for increased personal liberty/democracy in Burma for the next year: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14860 Up and down forecast...not much change predicted for 2009 though.

Ethnic leaders call for separate Wa state in northern Burma, could become a possibility after the election: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14874

Shan migrant workers managing abroad, happy to earn a meager living and send cash back to relatives, grateful for nonprofit support for migrant workers: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14862

Mizzima News: A New Year Wish for the people of Burma: http://mizzima.com/edop/letters/1464-new-year-wish-to-the-distressed-poor-people-of-burma.html

Tutor stages protest by himself against governmental oppression: http://mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/1502-private-tutor-stages-solo-protest.html

Increasing media censorship in Burma: http://mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/1501-censorship-board-terminates-license-of-11-journals-and-20-magazines.html

How to Help: Donate reading material in English and other supplies to Burmese refugees abroad in your country. Many organizations will serve the needs of immigrants and asylees - I personally support the International Rescue Committee as I am familiar with them as I live near Oakland and have seen their grassroots work in action.

So - regift those novels you received but will never read, those textbooks from last semester the school won't buy back. http://www.theirc.org/ Contact your local branch office and see if they'll accept book donations.
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(no subject) [Nov. 13th, 2008|11:05 am]
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From the U.S. Campaign for Burma - over 100 peaceful activists sentenced to long prison terms. Petition to the United Nations to continue their activism on behalf of freeing the wrongly incarcerated in Burma.

You might have already seen the articles on this in the Washington Post and New York Times.

Over the past few weeks, Burma's military regime has sentenced over 100 of the country's leading human rights activists to very long terms in prison. Most of those imprisoned are young, prominent human rights activists who participated in last year's Saffron Revolution in Burma (during which hundreds of thousands of monks took to the streets calling for an end to dictatorship in Burma).

Meanwhile, the military regime continues its attacks on ethnic minority civilians in eastern Burma, destroying 12 villages and driving 2,000 people from their homes in the past two weeks. The regime's scorched-earth ethnic cleansing campaign has forced over 1 million people to flee in recent years, and an additional 1/2 million who struggle to survive as internally displaced persons

We and others have been pressing governments around the world to take action. Already, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States have condemned the arrests. Two days ago, the European Union Foreign Ministers met and called for the release of all political prisoners.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is due to visit Burma in December, but there are fears he may back out of the visit because of the difficulties in negotiating with the regime. These prison sentences make it all the more important that Ban Ki-moon goes ahead with his visit. There have been 37 visits to Burma by low-level UN envoys, but things have only got worse. We need the Secretary General's personal engagement on Burma.

Take action. Please send an email to the UN Secretary General urging him to visit Burma and make the release of political prisoners his top priority.

Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Jacqui Pilch, Jennifer Quigley, Mike Haack

Support 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma:


Amnesty International news update on the activists' prison sentences: http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGUSA20081111001&lang=e

I encourage everyone to take part in Amnesty International write-a-thons near you, where people join together to write letters on behalf of nonviolent political prisoners in a coffeeshop or other public place. Most will take place Saturday Dec 13th, the weekend closest to International Human Rights Day on Dec 10th. For more information you may click here:


There is most likely already an event in your neighborhood - these are drop in and materials are provided, just show up with a pen and a loving heart. You may search by zip code for events in your area.

I'll be at the event at San Lorenzo's Frodo Joe's Coffee - most likely sometime in the midafternoon.
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UN Takes Tougher Stance Against Repression as Burmese Prison Population Increases [Oct. 9th, 2008|01:10 pm]
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UN Chief Sees Little Progress towards Democracy by Burma's Generals - May Cancel This Year's Visit to Nation: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14404

Australian newspaper report - Burmese prison population and government repression increasing. International activists continue call for release of all political prisoners: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/call-for-burmese-prisoners-to-be-freed/1326041.aspx

The good news is the greater UN backbone when it comes to Burmese issues, and the increased media coverage around the world.
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