Bournville AI group are holding a fund raising concert with The Cantemus Choir on Saturday 9th. October at 7.30pm at Bournville Friends Meeting House -this will include actions for Burmese Prisoners of Conscience and for Ronak Safarzadeh. Please buy a ticket [£5] or better still volunteer to sell a few /help on the day . For more details contact Martin on firstname.lastname@example.org
Great news! A group of boys from King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford upon Avon has formed an Amnesty group and is staging an action in support of the Burma Campaign in the Bancroft Gardens, Stratford upon Avon between 3.30 p.m. and 6.0 p.m. on Friday July 9th.They are inviting Amnesty members and the public to make origami boats, sign them with a personalised message, and float them down the River Avon.
They are particularly keen to show their support of students Khun Bedu, Khun Kawrio and Khun Dee De who were arrested for peaceful protest. As leading members of a youth group they had organised local dissidents to release balloons, launch paper boats and spray-paint walls with their peaceful political messages. For these simple acts of defiance they were sentenced to between 35 and 37 years in prison.
It would be wonderful if as many members as possible could support this action. For more information about the Burma Campaign and this event go to: www.amnesty.org.uk/stratfordonavon
Report and photo from yesterday’s Aung San Suu Kyi action in Birmingham can be found at http://www.thestirrer.co.uk/?p=629
Seems all went well. Lets hope the local media pick up on it. Maybe also an inspiration for future campaigning too?
Well done to David Nicholl for organising it and others in the West Midlands.
Today, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi turns 65. It is the fourteenth year she has spent under house arrest since 1989. Find out more and take action now at http://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=343
To mark opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday the BBC World Service will be broadcasting a special programme about the Nobel Peace Prize winner into Burma. The programme is also aired on BBC Radio 4 at 11.00am on Friday 18 June.
At this year’s Amnesty International Media Awards, AIUK gave the Special Award for Journalism under threat not to one individual, but to all the independent journalists of Burma. This video explains why – http://www.protectthehuman.com/videos/journalism-under-threat-burma
These journalists in Burma keep the flame of freedom burning and is of immense value in protecting human rights for those in Burma. They do so at considerable personal risk and with great courage and bravery against the odds to ensure the Burmese population know the truth and are aware of their choices. Our work as human rights activists offers support to the Burmese people and our solidarity plays an important role.
This year we are increasing our activism as Amnesty International this year as elections take place in Burma. You can find out more about our work at www.amnesty.org.uk/burma
On Saturday 19th June, human rights activists will join together to mark the birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Aung San Suu Kyi led the National League of Democracy to victory in the last elections in Burma back in 1990 with just under 60 per cent of the vote. However, the ruling military junta ignored the result and she has spent 14 of the last 20 years under house arrest. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and has been described by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “Burma’s Nelson Mandela”
In Burma, any political meeting of more than 5 people is considered an illegal act. Such a small act of defiance is impossible to do in Burma without severe consequences. Stirrer blogger, Dr David Nicholl said “In Burma, the harsh reality is that anyone brave enough to speak up against the regime can be monitored, harassed, discriminated against, detained, imprisoned, tortured and even killed. We felt that we could acknowledge solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese people by meeting at 1pm on Saturday next to the Bull at the Bull Ring. We will all wear masks of Aung San’s face and a photograph taken. All the photos uploaded onto Facebook will be passed onto Aung San’s supporters In Burma. This will be a tremendous way to show that the people of Birmingham are literally ‘at one’ with the people of Burma”
This is part of a national initiative from Amnesty International to simultaneously ‘flash mob’ photos of Aung San supporters at 1pm via Facebook. Other demonstrations are taking place in Hagley, Manchester, Bath and overseas. Dr Nicholl is encouraging others to add their support and photographs via the Foreign Office Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fcoburma?ref=ts
On Friday, Radio 4 will be broadcasting a special programme on Aung San Suu Kyi. The following day (Aung San Suu Kyi’s actual birthday) the programme will be broadcast by BBC World Service into Burma.
Dr David Nicholl
The Mid-Warwickshire Amnesty International group will be having a stall at the Leamington Peace Festival again this year on the weekend of 19-20 June. They usually get a really good response from their stall. This year they are focussing on Shell, Burma, Hu Jia, Iranian Women, Israel and Palestine. If you can make it why not say hello or even help out on the stall? For more information contact Malcolm on email@example.com
In May 2008, Khun Bedu, Khun Kawrio and Khun Dee De were arrested for peaceful protest. As leading members of a youth group they had organised local dissidents to release balloons, launch paper boats and spray-paint walls with their peaceful political messages.
For these simple acts of defiance they were sentenced to between 35 and 37 years in prison.
Take action on this case at http://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=700
See more on Amnesty’s work on Burma at www.amnesty.org.uk/burma
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On Saturday 27th February the East Midlands Amnesty International Regional Conference takes place. The event takes places in Nottingham from 10am till 4pm at St Barnabas Hall. There are a few places remaining with supporters and activists from the West Midlands more than welcome to attend. The day includes the chance to find out about Amnesty’s work on trafficking from Liz McKean of AIUK. There are in addition guest speakers from the Medical Foundation, CAFOD, Burma Campaign and World Vision. This is then followed by a question time with local politicians. For lunch you are requested to take a packed lunch with you. For further information contact Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org