Peace Vigil In Unity for the liberty of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (Asean wide)
SUARAM, Tenaganita, KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall and Youth 4 Change (Y4C) is organising a vigil that is part of an initiative of coordinated vigils by various groups in Southeast Asia. While we have our vigil for Aung San Suu Kyi in Malaysia, other groups in other countries in Southeast Asia will also be having vigils at the same time!
Please come with your friends to show solidarity for Aung San Suu Kyi – one of the greatest leader of peaceful resistance against oppression of our time – and the oppressed people of Burma.
You can also make your own posters and/or banners that shout of support for Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma. Spread the word!
Details of the vigil
DATE: Sunday, 31 May 2009
VENUE: Meet at entrance of KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, No. 1, Jalan Maharajalela
Dress code: Wear YELLOW and/or RED
Public transportation: Maharajalela Monorail Station stop
Facebook event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=91404626058
This initiative of coordinated vigils in the region is organised by MARUAH (Singapore Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism).
On 6 May 2009, John Yettaw swam across a lake and spent the night at Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house. He was asked to leave but had refused to do so. Subsequently, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested on 13 May 2009 for violating the
restrictions of her house arrest. She now faces charges that could put her into jail for three to five years, just when her house arrest of nearly two decades was set to expire at the end of May 2009.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize (1991) laureate who has been placed under house arrest for nearly two decades. The house arrest was set to expire at the end of this month, May 2009, but recent new charges* against her seem designed to deliberately prolong her detention. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi does not deserve this. Her democratic party had won the 1990 Burmese general elections decisively, but they were not allowed to take office and she was placed under house arrest instead.
Many of us across South-East Asia admire her sacrifice, courage and persistence for peace. We will come together on her last day of detention to honour Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and press for her freedom. The 63-year-old has spent almost two decades under house arrest, much of it in isolation from friends and relatives.