Over the past few weeks, the ruling military regime in the Southeast Asian country of Burma has locked up over 100 human rights activists and sentenced them to long terms in prison.
They join with Aung San Suu Kyi, the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient, as political prisoners in Burma.
Just as many people came together to help Nelson Mandela when he was imprisoned in South Africa, I want to do something to helps Burma's political prisoners and Aung San Suu Kyi in their courageous struggle for human rights and democracy.
Will you join me in signing an online petition to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon? The petition asks him to take immediate action to secure the release of all political prisoners in Burma, urges him to travel to Burma, and asks him to support a global ban on weapons sales to Burma's military regime.
As you may know, Burma is ruled by a brutal military dictatorship that uses torture, systematic rape, and political arrests to suppress a nonviolent democracy movement. Last year, a peaceful march lead by Buddhist Monks called the "Saffron Revolution" was violently crushed by the Burmese military. Nearly 2000 political prisoners remain in jail. The regime continues to use intimidate the movements leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi.
I hope you will join me in helping to stop these abuses. A great organization -- the U.S. Campaign for Burma -- is leading this effort.
You can sign the petition by going here - http://uscampaignforburma.org/action/2008-petition.html
A Copy Of The Petition In Case You Need To Read It Now -
Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Over the past few weeks, over 100 peaceful human rights activists have been sentenced to long prison terms in Burma. We ask you to keep your promise to travel to Burma to demand that all political prisoners are immediately released. We ask you to set a deadline of December 2008 for these releases -- which should coincide with your trip to Burma.
For too long, Burma's military regime has used prisoners of conscience as political pawns -- releasing a few before trips by UN envoys, only to arrest more after the UN leaves from Burma.
Even though the UN Security Council, General Assembly, and Human Rights Council have called on Burma's regime to release all political prisoners, the regime has nearly doubled the number of prisoners in the last year alone. Prisoners include courageous Buddhist monks who participated it the Saffron Revolution, student leaders, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi.
This December presents an opportunity for you to obtain fulfillment of the UN's demands -- the release of every single political prisoner in Burma.
Lastly, we urge you to publicly offer your support for a global arms embargo on Burma. We hope the Secretary General will stand firm against the sale of weapons to a military regime that only uses guns against its own people.
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