Tuesday, July 17, 2007

“Please use your freedom to help promote ours.”

"Burma is not an internal affair; it is an international affair. And the international community must stand up and do what is right. As Aung San Suu Kyi said and the banners of the Burmese activists plead:

“Please use your freedom to help promote ours.”

Burma Facts: Human Rights / Democracy / Freedom
* The U.S. State Department and two credible NGOs found in 2002 that Burma’s military regime is using rape as a weapon of war

* There are about 1,600 political prisoners in Burma, including 38 elected members of Parliament

* Millions of Burmese have been pressed into what the International Labor Organization, a United Nations agency, calls “a modern form of slavery”

* In 2002, more persons died from land mines in Burma than in any other country

* Burma was ranked the world’s fifth most repressive government by Parade magazine

* The Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, which passed the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly, declared that Burma’s regime is using ethnic cleansing against Burma’s ethnic peoples"

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