Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Support the World's Only Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Recipient On Her 60th Birthday

TIME: June 17th, 2005 from 9:30 - 11:00 am LOCATION: 2300 S St, NW Washington, DC 20008 EQUIPMENT: Yourself, your friends, and your voice


Just as the world rallied around Nelson Mandela when he spent his 70th
birthday behind bars as a politcal prisoner in South Africa, every
single person in the world who cares about human rights should take
action to support Aung San Suu Kyi on her 60th birthday. On June 17th,
two days before her birthday, activists in one dozen countries from
Africa to Europe to Asia will protest at embassies of Burma's military
regime to demand her release. Join us in Washington, DC!

Let Us Know You're Coming: write to

US Campaign for Burma
1612 K St, NW #401
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 223-0300
(202) 466-5189 fax


More Information on Aung San Suu Kyi's 60th Birthday

For Immediate Release: May 20th, 2005

Contact: Aung Din and Jeremy Woodrum at (202) 223 0300

30 Days to the 60th Birthday of World's Only Imprisoned Nobel Peace
Prize Recipient

Campaign to Honor Aung San Suu Kyi Growing Rapidly As Activities Planned
in US, Asia, Europe, Africa

(Washington, DC) A global effort to honor the world's only imprisoned
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi on her 60th birthday has gained
rapid momentum over the past month as scores of individuals and organizations
have signed up to participate in activities around the world.

The effort is modeled on global demonstrations and rallies in 1988 to
free former South African leader Nelson Mandela when he was still imprisoned
on Robben Island.

A brief summary of activities taking place:
--US Campaign for Burma has collected pledges for 6,000 birthday cards
for Aung San Suu Kyi on her 60th birthday. USCB will attempt to "deliver"
these cards to the Burmese embassy at a demonstration to be held on June 17th.

--The city of Edinburgh, Scotland will award Aung San Suu Kyi its
"Freedom of the City" award.

--Protests are planned in front of 16 embassies and consulates of
Burma's military regime, in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy,
South Africa, Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand.

--The organization WITNESS, founded by musician Peter Gabriel, will
release a new film on the plight of internally displaced persons in eastern

--A major university in Thailand will award Aung San Suu Kyi an honorary
doctoral degree.

--The city and county of San Francisco have officially declared June
19th "Aung San Suu Kyi Day". The cities of Berkeley and San Jose are
considering similar measures.

--60 individuals have pledged to "Arrest themselves" at home for 24
hours in solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi. While at home, they will host "House
Arrest Parties" to raise awareness and funds for the international
struggle for human rights and democracy in Burma.

--Irish musicians Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan released a press release
stating that he planned to release a new song dedicated to Aung San Suu
Kyi during her birthday celebrations.

--In the United States, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and
leading US Senators will host an event dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi.

--Two women's organizations, San Francisco-based "Burmese American
Women's Association" and New York-based "Women on the Move for Burma" are
hosting events to honor Aung San Suu Kyi's 60th birthday. Burmese democracy
activists in Korea and Japan are also planning to hold the events on
June 19th, 2005 in Seoul and Tokyo.

Since 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi has led an international campaign to end
over 40 years of brutal military rule in the Southeast Asian country of
Burma. After a nationwide uprising was crushed in 1988, she led her political
party the National League for Democracy to an 82% victory in a national
election in 1990. The ruling dictatorship refused to recognize the results and
has kept her locked for ten of the past 15 years. In the meantime, Burma's
regime has recruited up to 70,000 child soldiers (far more than any
other country).


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