International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

BurmaCampaign Digest, Vol 18, Issue 2

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Today's Topics:

1. UN Declares Suu Kyi's Detention Illegal - Urges Immediate
Release. (Johnny Chatterton - Burma Campaign UK)


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Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 15:55:22 +0000
From: Johnny Chatterton - Burma Campaign UK
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Subject: [BurmaCampaign] UN Declares Suu Kyi's Detention Illegal -
Urges Immediate Release.
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Dear Friends,

You may already have heard the news today that the United Nations has
declared that the continued detention of Burma's democracy leader, Aung San
Suu Kyi is illegal. [1]

The judgment, by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, stated
unequivocally that Aung San Suu Kyi's detention was in violation of both
Burmese and international law. The United Nations urged the regime to
immediately release her. [2]

We are having an impact, working with other groups around the world we are
keeping Burma on the global agenda. It is welcome that the UN has declared
her detention illegal but action is needed.

Please sign the global petition we told you about last week calling on the
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to make it his personal priority to secure
the release of all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi.

Sign the petition now http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/fbppn.htm then forward
this email to a friend.

Burma's democracy activists are denied a voice by Burma's brutal regime.
They are locked away in squalid prisons and often subjected to horrific
torture. This is your chance to give them a voice.

We need a flood of signatures to Ban Ki-moon to ensure he makes this his top
priority. Please sign the petition then forward this email on to your
friends and colleagues to ensure that hundreds of thousands of people sign
this petition. The petition target is 888,888 signatures, symbolising
8.8.88, the day the junta massacred some 3,000 people who courageously
protested in Burma�s largest democracy uprising. This is a hugely ambitious
target, but with your help it is achievable.

Sign the petition here http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/fbppn.htm then
forward this email to a friend.

Thank You,

Johnny Chatterton
Campaigns Officer
Burma Campaign UK


1 - News Coverage of UN Statement:
BBC: UN says Burma detention 'illegal' :
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7960506.stm
The Guardian: Detention of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma illegal, says UN
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/24/aung-san-suu-kyi-detention-illeg
al
Associated Press: Myanmar breaks own law holding Suu Kyi: UN panel
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g4VTv86UPpr6HlsxbqoCD7RrT
eyQ
The Telegraph: UN claims Aung San Suu Kyi's detention is 'illegal under
Burmese law'
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/5041328/UN-claim
s-Aung-San-Suu-Kyis-detention-is-illegal-under-Burmese-law.html

The Irrawaddy: Detention of Suu Kyi Illegal: UN
http://www.irrawaddy.org/highlight.php?art_id=15354

2 - For more information on today's UN ruling click here:
http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/index.php/burma/news/un-declares-nobel-peace
-prize-laureate-aung-san-suu-kyi-of-burmas-detention

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As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,

As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,
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