A Global Action Call for the Release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all Political Prisoners on
Friday 19 June 2009
On 18 May Burma’s pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her two party members went on trial, on trumped up charges relating to the junta’s own failure to protect their security. The trial has been taking place in a kangaroo court inside Insein Prison compound in Rangoon.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her two companions are not the only ones to be tried in this way. Since October 2008 alone, harsh sentences of up to 104 years have been handed down to over 350 democracy activists in similar trials. There are now over 2,100 political prisoners in the country.
Since 13 March 2009, over 200 Burma exile and solidarity groups in 26 countries have collected over 600,000 petition signatures as part of the Free Burma’s Political Prisoners Now! campaign.
The release of all political prisoners is the essential first step towards freedom and democracy in Burma. There can be no democratic transition without them.
There have been many statements from world leaders and the international community condemning the new charges against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. We implore the international community to keep up the momentum for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s release by issuing follow up statements that outline cohesive action.
Protests at the unjust arrest and detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi are already happening all around the world. We, the undersigned organizations, support these actions, and call on groups and communities around the world to prepare for a massive, coordinated show of solidarity for all of Burma’s political prisoners on Friday 19 June, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday.
From Monday 15 June to Friday 19 June – we call on solidarity groups around the world to organize a visual delivery of the signatures collected globally as part of the Free Burma’s Political Prisoners Now! campaign to a government representative in your country. Please ask your government to support the call to Ban Ki-moon to make it his personal priority to secure the release of all of Burma’s political prisoners.
Global Action Day on 19 June – we call on the solidarity groups to hold a public demonstration, organize a march to key embassies, or any event that will further pressure their governments to act on behalf of Burma’s political prisoners.
Contact the Burma Partnership Secretariat at to let us know if you will hold an event so we can collect and share information with other friends around the world.
Let us all join hands to end the injustices and support the struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma.
Burma Partnership is a movement of organizations and individuals that aims to develop a strong broad-based partnership of peoples of the Asia-Pacific advocating and mobilizing a movement for promoting freedom, democracy and human rights in Burma. This movement facilitates strategic linkages; coordinates activities; develops and shares its capacity and resources; channels information resources; and promotes dialogue towards unified approaches. Click HERE to learn more about Burma Partnership