Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Campaign for Burma

“Please use your liberty to promote ours” Aung San Suu Kyi

The people of Burma have been suffering too long. It's time to stand up for them. As most of you may be aware, the Burmese Government has promised to hold it's first elections in 20 years. Restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly are severe and likely to escalate as the vote draws near.

Amnesty is calling on ASEAN to put pressure on the Burmese government to protect the rights of the Burmese people. ASEAN has repeatedly emphasised that the elections should be held in a “free, fair and inclusive manner”. Yet those calls do not go far enough to highlight the human rights that are most at risk during the elections.

In light of the promised elections now until November is a great time to effect change for the Burmese people!

For anyone interested in campaigning on this important human rights issue over the next few months, we have a great number of campaigning material, posters and resources available for you. We also currently have a fantastic petition which we are sending to ASEAN’s Malaysian representative. Just contact the action centre and let us know if you’re planning an event or if you would like any materials.

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