June 16, 2010

Stand with Aung San Suu Kyi (original title)

Posted in Democracy for All!, Justice, Leadership, Our World, Petitions, Social/Economic Issues, Speak out!, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 12:15 pm by CrystalineGoddess

In my gmail from Amnesty International;

Don’t give Myanmar’s authorities the chance to impose any more arbitrary sentences on democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi.
1) Demand that Aung San Suu Kyi be released immediately and unconditionally! 2) Get updates on Suu Kyi’s status and other breaking human rights news delivered straight to your phone.

Free Aung San Suu Kyi!

Dear Jenny,

Tension builds once again as Myanmar prepares for its elections. Many fear that widespread arrests and detainment will result from election-related crackdowns.

Moreover, contributing to the anxiety is the anticipated release of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been held under house arrest for nearly 15 years.

But Suu Kyi has been close to completing her sentence before. Just last year, as she neared her release date, she was found guilty of allowing an uninvited American man to stay at her home after he strapped homemade flippers to his feet and swam across a lake bordering her house. Authorities sentenced her to 18 more months of detention – meaning that she would not be released until after Myanmar’s elections were completed.

These arbitrary sentences just won’t do. Demand that Aung San Suu Kyi be released immediately and unconditionally.
Earlier this year, Suu Kyi’s party, National League for Democracy (NLD), was dissolved for refusing to re-register as a political party, a move that would have forced it to expel its own leader because she is serving a prison term1.

It is painfully obvious that Myanmar’s government is doing all it can to box Suu Kyi and her supporters into a corner. Her very existence challenges the military’s authority because she inspires the people of Myanmar to believe.

More than ever, it’s up to us to stand united.

When news about one of the most iconic and revered leaders of our time breaks, whatever the outcome, we need to be able to call on you to stand with Aung San Suu Kyi and stand up for human rights.

Beginning today, you can get the latest updates on Aung San Suu Kyi and other breaking human rights news delivered straight to your mobile phone.

The biggest tragedy of all is that Aung San Suu Kyi should have never been arrested in the first place. Her punishment is politically motivated and is an outright violation of international law.

But as long as we continue to carry the torch for Aung San Suu Kyi, then Myanmar’s junta can’t touch us. Help light the way for the people of Myanmar.

Help free Aung San Suu Kyi.

In Solidarity,

Michael O’Reilly
Campaign Director, Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International USA


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