Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi gives Reith Lectures

Aung San Suu Kyi will be giving two of the 2011 Reith Lectures on the subject of ‘Securing Freedom’. Her lectures, which were recorded in Burma and smuggled out of the country, focus on the struggle for freedom and democracy, the meaning of freedom and dissent and the responsibility of the international community.

Lecture 1 Dissent

On BBC Radio 4
Tuesday 28 June 9am
Repeated Saturday 2 July 22.15

Lecture 2 Liberty

On BBC Radio 4
Tuesday 5 July 9am
Repeated Saturday 9 July 22.15

On BBC World Service
Tuesday 28 June 16.05 (GMT +1)
Tuesday 5 July 16.05 (GMT +1)

The lectures will be repeated on BBC World Service at various times. For full details visit:Here

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Burmese Soldiers Raped 18 Women in 12 days of Conflict

Burmese soldiers are accused of raping as many as 18 women and girls and killing at least four victims since June 10, when fighting broke out between the Burma Army and Kachin Independence Army (KIA).
The Kachin Women's Association Thailand (KWAT) said that at least eighteen women and girls have been gang-raped between June 10-18, 2011 during Burma Army advances on KIA strongholds along the China-Burma border.

Four of those women were killed after being raped, one in front of her husband, who was tied up and forced to watch. Another woman died from her injuries during rape, according to the women's rights group.

The fighting ended 18 years of formal armistice between Burma's ruling regime and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the political wing of KIA.

Shirley Seng, KWAT's spokesperson said that the violence against Kachin women are not random acts but are perpetrated as part of a wider military strategy employed by the Burma Army.

KWAT named several army battalions whose troops were responsible for such acts: Light Infantry Battalion 437 and Infantry Battalions 237, 141, 142, 139 and 437). It also detailed exact dates and places from which the incidents were documented.

Accusing the Burma Army of using rape as a weapon of war, KWAT has demanded an immediate end to the ongoing offensive in Kachin State and the withdrawal of Burmese troops from the ethnic areas. It also urged China, the immediate neighboring country to provide refuge and humanitarian aid to those fleeing, and to mediate in the conflict.

Systematic and widespread rape of ethnic women by the Burma Army has been well documented across Burma.

In her video address to international audience last month, Burma's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said, "Rape is used in my country as a weapon against those who only want to live in peace, who only want to assert their basic human rights. Especially in the areas of the ethnic nationalities, rape is rife."

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Information about events for JUNE

Title : Campaign demonstration to call for the release of all political prisoners in Burma
Date : 9 JUNE 2011 (Thursday)
Time : 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Venue: in front of the Burmese Embassy, London
Organizer: 88NGS

Title : Political talk
Date : 11 Jun 2011 ( Saturday )
Time : 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
Venue: Burma Campaign UK ,28 Charles Square, London, N1 6HT
Organizer: NLD-LA (UK)

Title : Fund raising for disadvantaged children in Burma
Date : 18 Jun 2011 ( Saturday )
Time : 18:00-22:30 PM
Venue: St. Agnes Church, 35 Cricklewood Lane, NW2 1HR
Organizer: BYA

Title : 66th Anniversary of Daw Aung Suu Kyi's Birthday celebration
Date : 19 Jun 2011 ( Sunday )
Time : 11:00 AM onwards
Venue: Sasana Ramsi Vihara, Colindale Monastery, London
Organizer: NLD-LA (UK)
Food offering to Buddhist Monks follow by
Multi faith pray, Reading Poem, Karaoke Competition ,Campaign to promote UNHCR statement to Burma and send signed letter to UK,UN,EU, Asean , USA,CHINA, France

Title : Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's 66th Birthday Open snooker Tournament
Date :19 JUNE 2011 (Sunday)
Time : 12:00 to 20:00 PM
Venue: ZAKI'S Snooker Palace, 88-90 1st Floor, Leytonstone Road, E15 1TQ
Organizer: BDC

Title : Campaign demonstration to call for the release of all political prisoners in Burma
Date : 23 JUNE 2011 (Thursday)
Time : 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Venue: in front of the Burmese Embassy, London
Organizer: 88NGS

Title : Stop civil war and implement immediate meaningful dialogue
Date :24 JUNE 2011 (Friday)
Time :13:00 PM onwards
Venue: in front of the Burmese Embassy, London
Organizer: KNO (UK)

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Invitation to the demonstration to call for the release of all political prisoners and support who have recently been placed in solitary confinement

Dear brothers and sisters

We would kindly like to request you all, to participate and support the demonstration that we are going to have, calling for the release of all political prisoners in Burma immediately and unconditionally.

We would like to have this demonstration to show our support to the 7 political prisoners in Burma who have recently been placed in solitary confinement in other terms “Dog Cells”. It is famous for brutal torture and extreme punishment for prisoners in the most notorious Insein Prison in Burma. Most of them are high political figures, serving long term prison sentences as a result of fighting for Human Rights for the people in Burma.

We are so much concerned about their safety and their exposure to the inhumane torture under the Burmese government's notorious regime. We are also concerned about the safety of many other political prisoners after they have underwent a hunger strike due to the horrible prison conditions, denial of proper medical treatment and basis rights of a prisoner. In addition, there are still 20,65 political prisoners who remain behind bars, living constantly under the threat of these hardship during serving their long term prison sentences.

We are going to have demonstrations till appropriate actions on this unfair treatment to all political prisoners are taken by the Burmese military government sensibly and effectively. Brothers and sisters, this time is very vital for us to show our solidarity to stand by all political prisoners who have sacrificed enormously to achieve the genuine freedom of our country.

We would respectfully like to request all brothers and sisters, to show our ultimate unity and support for them by calling for their release immediately and unconditionally.

The following dates are set to have demonstrations to call for the release of all political prisoners in Burma:

Date : 9th and 23rd June (Thursdays)

: 7th and 21st July (Thursdays)

: 8th and 18th August (Thursdays)

: 1st September ( Thursday)

Time : 12:00 to 1:00pm

Venue: Burmese military regime embassy

19A Charles Street, London W1J 5DX

Thanking in advance for your support!

In solidarity,

88 New Generation Students(UK)

Friday, 3 June 2011

50th birthday celebration of Amnesty with Enfield & Barnet AI group

The Enfield and Barnet group would like to invite you to a local 50th birthday celebration of Amnesty.

This will take place next Sunday 5th June from 10.00 AM to 2.00 PM at the Palmers Green Community Market, Aldermans Hill, N13 (Next to the Palmers Green Station).

We shall cut a cake, hold a quiz, play music, and collecting signature petitions.

Do come and support us if you are near enough to North London.

Date: 5th June 2011 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Place:The Palmers Green Community Market, Aldermans Hill, N13.
(Next to the Palmers Green Station)

Map: http://www.palmersgreenmarket.com/Palmers_Green_Market/CONTACT.html

Speech of General Aung San