So for the sake of peace in our country, for the sake of the progress and human development of our people, and for the sake of peace and harmony in our region and in our world, we would like to urge the peoples of the free world to work harder towards bringing true democratic progress everywhere. We would like to see action, rather than words. There have been many words supporting democracy, and we are duly grateful for them, because we do not underestimate the power of words. But words need to be backed up by action — by action that is united and that is focused on essentials. Only by such action will we be able to realize our democratic aspirations.
Copied from the Thai website Prachatai
Today, or tomorrow for some readers 😉 Aung San Suu Kyi will be spending her 65th birthday in detention.
Aung San Suu Kyi
She’s been detained for a total of 14 years and 238 days. Basically on and off since her massive election landslide. The United Nations has always declared that her detention breaks international law. A catalogue of International bodies such as: The UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, UN Human Rights Council, European Union, as well as individual countries around the globe have all said the UN should work to facilitate negotiations between the dictatorship, the National League for Democracy (Aung San Suu Kyi’s party) and the ethnic opposition groups.
Yet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has not been taking active steps to make this happen.
So as a birthday present for “the lady” please send a simple message to Ban Ki-moon to take action on Burma!
Take action here it will only take you a few moments, if enough people respond something may be done – there are bogus elections planned THIS year from which the last elected leader will be banned.
Please also either repost this or write your own birthday message 🙂
A post on Irin gives a picture of one man’s life in Umpiem camp the extract is just to give an idesa do read the rest:
Maung Win*, 36, an ethnic Arakan, told IRIN about his recent arrest outside camp.
“I leave the camp most days to find work nearby. I leave early in the morning, walk 5km to the area where we wait by the side of the road to be picked up for day labour at 4am, and I return to the camp at 5pm….