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  • Alan Clements interviewed at Rabble.ca

    Alan Clements interviewed at Rabble.ca

    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

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  • Aung San Suu Kyi freed

    Aung San Suu Kyi freed

    November 13, 2010

    From the New York Times: Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was freed from seven and a half years of house arrest on Saturday and was greeted at the gate of her compound by thousands of jubilant supporters. She stood waving and smiling as people cheered, chanted and sang the national anthem in a blur of camera flashes. She held a white handkerchief in one hand. “Thank you for welcoming me like this,” she said, clutching the iron bars of her gate as she looked out at the cheering crowd. “We haven’t seen each other for so long, I have so much to tell you.” She said she would speak again on Sunday at the headquarters of her now defunct political party, the National League for Democracy. “We must unite!” she said. “If we are united, we can get what we want.”

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  • Take action: Aung San Suu Kyi could be free tomorrow

    Take action: Aung San Suu Kyi could be free tomorrow

    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.

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  • Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi faces five years’ prison for alleged violation of house arrest

    Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi faces five years’ prison for alleged violation of house arrest

    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.

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