Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s best-known prisoner of conscience, has spent more than 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest. She was one of more than 2,200 political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, currently being held in deplorable conditions for simply exercising their right to peaceful protest.
Amnesty International welcomes her release, taking place 6 days after the first general election in 20 years, however we are still calling on the Myanmar government to release all prisoners of conscience in the country.
We ask that you send a letter to Kevin Rudd urging our government to speak out forcefully in support of human rights and humanitarian law to ensure adequate protection of those caught in the conflict.
In these letters we are calling on the Australian Government to:
Appeal to those involved in the hostilities not to target civilians;
Call upon the international community, particularly countries in our region, to respond to the immediate human rights and humanitarian situation escalating in the border regions;
Ensure adequate protection is offered to the people feeling Burma cross the border
Continue pressure on the authorities in Burma to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners
If you would like to send a letter to Kevin Rudd please send to this address:
Hon Kevin Rudd MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Canberra ACT 2600
To use a pre-written letter and read more on the action please visit the online action page at http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/24127/