Posts tagged “burma”
December 10, 2010
“Frankly, I wish there were tens of thousands of tiny flip video cams that could be smuggled into the country to reveal to the world just what everyday nonviolent revolution looks like within the cities, monasteries, prisons, labour and refugee camps, as well as within the homes and thousands of villages scattered throughout the country. . . Of course, Aung San Suu Kyi would be the first to say that she is just one voice in her country’s struggle for freedom. She also repeatedly states that the success of the revolution will only come when everybody does their part — puts their freedom into action for the greater good.” — Alan Clements, interview at Rabble.ca
November 12, 2010
From our friends at Amnesty International:
The military rulers of Myanmar have jailed thousands of people in their continuing efforts to crush all dissenting views. Most prominent of those detained is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been the beacon of hope and change for nearly two decades in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma.
Aung San Suu Kyi, co-founded the National League for Democracy (NLD), a pro-democracy political party that sought to counter the military junta that had reigned over Myanmar since 1962. In 1990, the NLD won almost 80 percent of the parliamentary seats in a general election. Surprised at the landslide victory, the military junta refused to transfer power to Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD, and jailed scores of political activists.
For 14 of the past 20 years, Aung San Suu Kyi (pronounced “Awng Sahn Soo Chee”) has endured unofficial detention, house arrest and restrictions on her movement. She continues to be held under house arrest in Yangon. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s sentencing comes in the midst of ongoing human rights violations by the military against ethnic minority civilians. In early June the Myanmar army staged attacks and took Karen civilians for forced labour in Kayin State. This resulted in over 3,500 refugees fleeing to Thailand.
Amnesty International seeks the immediate and unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all prisoners of conscience in Myanmar.
Take action now through Amnesty International: tell Myanmar that the only acceptable solution is immediate and unconditional release from a house arrest without justification, imprisonment that has gone on for twenty years too many.
June 22, 2010
Aung San Suu Kyi is a political icon, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the charismatic leader of Burma’s struggle for human rights. But it has come at immense personal cost. Under house arrest for many years, unable to watch her children grow up and excluded from public life, her plight is ongoing: as the Burmese regime prepares for its first election in years, Suu Kyi will be detained as a political prisoner throughout. — from the website for the BBC documentary Freedom From Fear, available free of charge online
August 11, 2009
World leaders have reacted with anger and disappointment at the conviction of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for violating security laws. The UN called for her immediate release after she was sentenced to a further 18 months of house arrest – where she has spent 14 of the past 20 years. — BBC News
July 20, 2009
From the Barcelona stop on U2′s 360 Tour, a performance of “Walk On” with Aung San Suu Kyi masks.
For more information on Aung San Suu Kyi, take a look at our page for her book with Alan Clements, The Voice of Hope.
July 11, 2009
From Amnesty International: the history of Aung San Suu Kyi and the history of Burma.
July 1, 2009
The band U2—who wrote the Grammy-winning 2001 song “Walk On” about imprisoned Nobel Prize laureate and rightfully-elected Burmese democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi—have asked attendees of their Fall 2009 360 Tour to wear masks with the face of Daw Suu Kyi during the performance of “Walk On.” The purpose: to remind the world, through the image of tens of thousands of Aung San Suu Kyi faces in the audience at U2′s internationally-attended concerts, that Aung San Suu Kyi is still alive, still in prison—and still awaiting release by the military government of Burma.
Prisons can only function if the prisoner becomes faceless, dehumanized, forgotten. By putting the face of Aung San Suu Kyi in the public eye—out from behind the walls of her house by the lake, out from behind the walls of Insein Prison, into audiences across the United States and Europe—U2 hopes to undermine the forgetfulness, the silence central to prison.
June 23, 2009
Given Aung San Suu Kyi’s recent trial, the seemingly-inevitable illegal extension of her house arrest (which has been going on intermittently since 1989), and the possibility of her spending yet another term as a political prisoner in Insein Prison, it’s important not to forget that despite the Burmese government’s ability to keep Daw Suu Kyi physically under lock and key, her voice and her political ideas are still at large, still at work in the world. From David Calleja of the Foreign Policy Journal in his review of Daw Suu Kyi’s book, The Voice of Hope:
In the process of unravelling Daw Suu Kyi’s deepest thoughts, [interviewer Alan] Clements uncovers a defiant individual that will not be intimidated by weaponry in the hands of authority, while uncovering the keys to life; love for humanity, education and an open heart. . . . The appeal of the dialogue is that Daw Suu Kyi’s answers to some of Clements’ lengthy questions and points are presented plainly and with fervour as if addressing a crowd of tens of thousands of her supporters. There is no place for political spin within these pages, which enhances the readability.
. . . Alan Clements has presented us a manual for life that crudely tells that the developed and most powerful leaders on the planet to stop waiting idly by for a miracle to occur without hard work. This book is the catapult that will launch individuals into taking immediate action.
May 15, 2009
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel laureate, leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma, elected leader of the Burmese civilian government in 1990, and political prisoner for 15 of the years since 1989, was accused on May 13 of violating the terms of her house arrest by the military government of Burma. Dr. Suu Kyi was transferred from her lakeside compound to Insein Prison along with two members of her household. Learn how you can get involved by reading the full article.