In honor of the 64th birthday of imprisoned Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, supporters within global civil society have launched a campaign called ’64 for Suu’, through which individuals can send the advocate a message of support.
Whether in the form of video, photo or written text, messages from around the world are paying tribute to the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who has served as a symbol for the democratization of Burma. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Bono of U2 have posted their 64 words alongside government officials, NGO activists and concerned citizens, forming a unique community of support for Suu Kyi, who is currently facing trial and a five-year imprisonment sentence.
Aung San Suu Kyi Is Not Alone
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Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese opposition party leader and devoted advocate for the democratization of Myanmar, was charged in May alongside three activists and party members for the alleged violation of the rules of her house arrest. Currently being held in Insein Prison, Aung San Suu Kyi has been in court facing trial since May 18; if convicted, the human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate may face a five-year prison term. The present controversy and arbitrary charges laid out stem from a spurious attempt by a repressive government to extend the unlawful, 13-year long detention of Suu Kyi, which was set to expire on May27. As the Burmese people prepare for the 2010 elections, this shameful and transparent act on the part of the government to further silence a respected voice of democracy cannot be tolerated.
Vital Voices echoes the call of countless organizations and governments in a demand for the immediate and unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi and her fellow detainees. In the spring of 2008, Vital Voices honored the women of Burma with the Human Rights Global Leadership Award as a testimony to the remarkable courage and commitment of political activists such as Suu Kyi and Charm Tong. Today we again honor the work of Aung San Suu Kyi and insist upon her release as essential for the development and fulfillment of the democratic promise of Myanmar.
Former Fist Lady Laura Bush on Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi, June 28-Do Not Forget Burma-The Washington Post.