Saturday, 19 June 2010

Happy Birthday Daw Suu

Today is Aung San Suu Kyi's 65th birthday, and yet again she will be spending it in detention!

She has spent almost 15 years in detention since 1989, the exact time will be 14 years and 238 days. The United Nations has repeatedly ruled that her detention breaks international law.

The UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, UN Human Rights Council, European Union, USA and Asian countries have all said the UN should work to facilitate negotiations between the dictatorship, Aung San Suu Kyi¹s National League for Democracy, and ethnic groups.

However, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is not actively working to make this happen.

Please take action now to get Ban Ki-moon to take action on Burma.

Take action here:

Here in Parliament there was also an Early Day Motion, EDM 112 - HUMAN RIGHTS IN BURMA

That this House sends its best wishes to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who will spend her 65th birthday in detention on 19 June 2010; calls for the immediate release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in Burma; rejects the elections planned by Burma's generals later this year which, due to election laws and ongoing repression in Burma, cannot be free and fair; condemns Burma's new constitution which is designed to maintain dictatorship in civilian guise and does not grant rights or protection to Burma's ethnic minorities; notes that all diplomatic efforts to reform the dictatorship's sham roadmap to democracy have failed; recalls that the United Nations Security Council, General Assembly, Secretary General and Human Rights Council have all stated that the solution to the problems in Burma lies in dialogue between the dictatorship, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, and ethnic representatives; and calls on the Government to support a United Nations-led effort to pressure the dictatorship to enter into such dialogue.

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