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1. Free Burma's Political Prisoners (Anna Roberts)
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2008 09:56:46 -0600
From: Anna Roberts <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [BurmaCampaign] Free Burma's Political Prisoners
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Dozens of human rights activists in Burma will die in jail after being give long sentences.
Despite this, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has just said he won't even visit Burma, despite being invited by the regime.
The military junta in Burma has sentenced at least 215 political activists, monks, nuns and journalists during November, bringing the total number of political prisoners sentenced since last year's uprising to at least 384.
� Activist and famous comedian Zarganar, who had been organising relief supplies to survivors of Cyclone Nargis, received sentences totaling 59 years.
� Prominent Buddhist monk U Gambira, leader of the All Burma Monks' Alliance, who played a leading role in last year's Saffron Revolution, was given sentences totaling 68 years.
� Twenty-three members of the 88 Generation Students Group, who led the protests against fuel price hikes in August last year, including Min Ko Naing, were given sentences of at least 65 years each.
Ban says he won't go to Burma because there has been no progress, but it is his job to ensure progress happens. He won't bring change to Burma sitting behind a desk in New York. He must go to Burma and negotiate change, including the release of all political prisoners.
The UN Security Council should back his visit, passing a resolution requiring the regime to comply.
TAKE ACTION: please fax Ban Ki-moon asking him not to abandon Burma's brave democracy activists to spend the rest of their lives in jail.
Download a message to fax at: http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/fax_un.html
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