Thursday, April 20, 2017

TAKE ACTION: Join ‘Blue Shirt Day’ for Political Prisoners on Friday 21st April



Join 'Blue Shirt Day' for political prisoners on Friday 21st April

20 April, 2017



Dear friends,

Around 178 people in Burma are in jail for political reasons.

Some are in jail for protesting for their rights, some for criticising the government or the military, and some just because of their ethnicity or religion.

Yet, most people think all political prisoners have been released. There is very little pressure on the NLD-led government in Burma to free remaining political prisoners.

We need your help to change that.

U Win Tin was one of Burma's most well-known political prisoners. He served nearly 20 years in jail and after his release famously pledged to keep wearing his blue prison shirt until all political prisoners were released.

21st April is the third anniversary of his death, and on this day people around the world are joining forces, pledging to wear a blue shirt and join the call for the release of all political prisoners in Burma.

Please join us.

Put the date in your diary now. Wear blue. Tell people why. Share a picture on social media. Use the hashtag: #blueshirt4burma

We can't let political prisoners be left behind, forgotten in jail.

Thank you for your support.



Read the joint statement by 22 civil society organizations in English here.

About Progressive Voice


Progressive Voice is a participatory rights-based policy research and advocacy organization that was born out of Burma Partnership. Burma Partnership officially ended its work on October 10, 2016 the same day that Progressive Voice was formally established. For further information, please see our press release "Burma Partnership Celebrates Continuing Regional Solidarity for Burma and Embraces the Work Ahead for Progressive Voice."



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