Friday, March 20, 2009

21st Anniversary of Burma Human Rights Day

Protest held at Burma Embassy 13th March 2009

Launch of Free Burma's Political Prisoners Now - Take Action!

Friday 13th March was the 21st Anniversary of the beginning of the 1988 Student Uprising. Burma's Human Rights Day is in memory of Ko Phone Maw and all those who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for Burma's freedom. Ko Phone Maw was the first student murdered by the Burmese junta on March 13th 1988 at a peaceful demonstration at Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT). It was the start of the 1988 democracy protests in which thousands of demonstrators were later murdered.

On this day a new signature campaign, Free Burma's Political Prisoners Now was launched globally, aiming to reach 888,888 signatures before 24 May 2009, the legal date that Burma's democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi should be released from house arrest. The petition calls on the UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon General Ban Ki-moon to make it his personal priority to secure the release of all political prisoners in Burma, as the essential first step towards democracy in the country.

Please sign the petition now:

The target of 888,888 signatures symbolises 8.8.88, the day the junta massacred some 3,000 people who courageously protested in Burma's largest democracy uprising.

Political Prisoners In Burma ­ Facts:

  • There are over 2,100 political prisoners in Burma.
  • They are innocent: These prisoners have committed no crime. They have been imprisoned for peacefully calling for democracy and freedom in Burma.
  • They are subjected to horrific torture: Once in prison, democracy activists face horrific torture, including electric shocks, rape, iron rods rubbed on their shins until the flesh rubs off, severe beatings and solitary confinement.
  • They endure terrible suffering: Many prisoners are kept in their cells 24hours a day, given inadequate food and are in poor health. However, the regime appears to be systematically denying medical treatment to political prisoners.
  • These are brave men and women that are at the forefront of the fight for freedom and democracy in Burma.

They need your help. Sign the petition now:

For Avaaz memebers there also a petition available on their site:

The Global Website for the Free Burma's Political Prisoners Now Campaign is at:
Sign the petition to free Burma's prisoners of conscience today!