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Free Aung San Suu Kyi! Free Burma!

To: International community and Freedom lovers around the world

New York, United States of America
June 29, 2003

Request concrete support letters to International community and freedom lovers around the world

To launch a campaign against the arrest of Democratic leaders in Burma (Myanmar)

Dear Colleagues and Friends of Burma,

This letter is being sent to you by Zaw Win, Democratic Burmese Student activist currently residing in New York.

I wish to draws your attention to the situation On May 30, 2003, The military regime and their affiliated thugs brutal ambushed the motorcade of Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace Laureate and other leaders of the National League for Democracy party, near Depeyin, Upper Burma.

The attack was planned in advance by military leaders and instigated by the regime-created "Union Solidarity and Development Association" and involved paid criminal prisoners dressed as monks, as well as armed troops. Hundreds of men attacked the democracy activists with clubs, spears, and guns, killing as many as one hundred and injuring many more. In the time since, the regime has rounded up and detained dozens of people and many more are missing - some feared dead. Aung San Suu Kyi, 58, and other NLD leaders, including Vice Chairman U Tin Oo, 75, have also been held prisoner since.

The attack reveals just how desperate the Burmese regime has become as support for democracy has grown since the release of Aung San Suu Kyi over a year ago. They were obviously keen to cut short the NLDs democracy tour which started just over a month ago and which had huge resonance.

The military junta cannot hold out indefinitely against the Burmese peoples deep desire for democracy and basic human rights.

Following the premeditated attack, the generals arrested Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, NLD leaders and members, and closed down NLD offices. They flagrantly blame the NLD for perpetrating "undisciplined" and "undemocratic" acts which they said were the cause of the incident. Their obvious intention is to eliminate the democracy movement.

We learnt that our leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is being held in the notorious Insein jail on the outskirts of Rangoon (Rangoon) in a two-room hut.

United Nations Special Envoy Mr. Razali who recently met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi recently has said she "is well and in very strong spirits" but cannot confirm where she is being held. The international community is now focused on freeing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. But we need to look beyond freeing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as a goal because the ultimate objective of the democracy movement led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is to restore democracy in Burma and not just her freedom.

Hence, the Burmese democracy movement outside the country, all friends of Burma, and the international community at large, including governments, should not let the Burmese generals dictate how long Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will remain under "protective custody" or when the process of national reconciliation will start. They must continue to increase pressure, and strongly demand the immediate holding of substantive political talks, the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners, and the restoration of freedom of travel to all.

Presently, the generals are coming up with different excuses to justify the recent premeditated ambush and murder of NLD members. We must all stand up to the generals at this stage and strongly insist that what we want to see is an immediate resumption of substantive political talks and not political maneuvering by the generals.

Presently, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma are in desperate need of strong and reliable friends internationally, and we are confident that you will all lend your unwavering support at this hour of need.

The May 30th massacre spelled the end of any hopes for political dialogue in Burma. Although the regime had engaged in "confidence building" talks sponsored by the UN, in the past year the junta has refused to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi.

The crackdown is only the latest episode in a long list of human rights
atrocities committed by the regime, which has been widely condemned for using rape as a weapon of war, for using more child soldiers than any other country - 70,000, for widespread use of torture, and for imprisoning more than 1,400 political prisoners - many in solitary confinement.

Let us continue support this signature campaign until our objective is met in Burma. Our action will show the generals that support for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the democracy movement is alive and strong globally as it is inside the country. We strongly appreciate your help and support at this critical point in time.

With efforts from all of us and assistance from friends, we believe Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all those working for democracy in Burma will prevail.

Unconditional and Immediately Release All The Political Prisoners in Burma including Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace Laureate.

If SPDC (Burmese/myanmar Illegal Military Regime) dont release Aung San Suu Kyi, What can YOU do?

The possible ways to launch the campaign action to release Burmese political prisoners!

1. Release a solid statement concerning the Burmese political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in Burma. (Please mentions Aung San Suu Kyi, the rightful democratically elected leader of Burma has to face physical and mental torture: poor nutrition and inadequate health care in the notorious Insein prison)

2. Send official letter to SPDC on behalf of your organizations expressing how many peoples represent that your group.

3. Express the Solidarity Action with Burmese Democratic Movement in the respective state or campus.

4. Start a signature campaign to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in Burma and send the signature to the Burmese embassy.

5. Hold demonstration in front of the Burmese embassy and demand their unconditional release

6. Put pressure on companies that are dealing with the military junta in your respective country to cut ties with Burma.

7. Boycott tourism to Burma and products made in Burma/Myanmar imported to your region

8. Perform speaking tours at your local schools, colleges and universities to participate in the campaign upon Burma Democracy and humanitarian concern

9. Set a campaign date in your region to carry out awareness raising activities.

10. Tell friends and families about torture victims and the situation in Burma and ask them to support Democratic Burma struggle and to carry out Worldwide campaign.

11. Alert your local, state, and federal government about the physical and mental torture, poor nutrition and inadequate health care of political prisoners in Burma.

12. Lobby your representatives to pass resolutions demanding the unconditional release of all political prisoners in Burma including Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace Laureate.

13. Request downgrading diplomatic relations with the illegitimate Rangoon Government

14. Urge United States congressional representatives to support Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 (S 1215) until the regime release all political prisoners, official dialogue with opposition and transfer power to the winners of the 1990 election.

15. Urge the United States must use its influence in the international community to promote a comprehensive policy of economic pressure and political persuasion that will result in negotiation leading to a restoration of democratic rule in Burma based on the results of the 1990 elections.

16. urged the United Nations Security Council to undertake a serious charge on the military regimes wicked crimes.

17. Join the Burmese Democratic Forces and fight for Burma Freedom from oppression.

If you have any ideas about the campaign or you are in the campaign, do not hesitate to contact me and provide me with your mailing address. Welcome your attending and participation!

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With my best regards, Yours faithfully,

Zaw Win
New York



Reference from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Page at

A Symbol Of Heroic
Like the South African leader Nelson Mandela before her, Aung San Suu Kyi, has come to be seen internationally as a symbol of heroic and peaceful resistance in the face of oppression.

For the Burmese people, Aung San Suu Kyi represents their best and perhaps sole hope that one day there will be an end to the country's military repression.

She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1991, by which time she had been under house arrest for two out of what was to become six years.

Her sons went to Oslo to accept the award on her behalf. At the presentation, the Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Francis Sejested, called her "an outstanding example of the power of the powerless".

"Aung San Suu Kyi cannot be silenced because she speaks the truth," he said.

Now aged 58, Suu Kyi is the daughter of the late Burmese nationalist leader, General Aung San, whose resistance to British colonial rule culminated in Burma's independence in 1948.

After attending school in the Burmese capital Rangoon, Aung San Suu Kyi lived in India, and then went to Britain for her University education.

This is where she met and married her husband, Michael Aris, an Oxford University academic.

Already then, Michael Aris knew his wife's destiny might ultimately lie with Burma.

"Before we were married I promised my wife that I would never stand between her and her country," he says.

Aung San Suu Kyi first came to prominence when she returned to Burma in August 1988, with her husband and their two sons remaining in Britain.

She became the leader of a burgeoning pro-democracy movement in the aftermath of the brutal repression of a pro-democratic uprising earlier that summer.

Election Victory: The movement quickly grew into a political party that went on to win an overwhelming majority 82\% percent in national elections in 1990, by which time she had already been under house arrest for a year.

The military regime, however, refused to relinquish power and stepped up intensified repression of her party, the National League for Democracy.

Martin Smith, a writer on Burmese affairs, says there are several reasons why Aung San Suu Kyi proved such a natural leader.

"Her father was the founder of the democratic movement. So Suu Kyi in a way had inherited that kind of tradition.

"But the second thing is of course down to Aung San Suu Kyi herself, her role in the democracy movement and her speeches about the need for change in Burmese society.

"And I think there is a further thing she very much had on her side - that is her comparative youth in Burmese politics."

Inspired by the non-violent campaigns of the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and India's Mahatma Gandhi, Aung San Suu Kyi organised rallies after her return to Burma, and travelled the country, calling for peaceful democratic reforms and free elections.

She campaigned for change through dialogue.

For much of the 16 years since she returned to Burma from overseas, she has been under house arrest in the capital Rangoon.

She was initially under house arrest for six years, until she was released on 10 July 1995. After her release from six years of house arrest in 1995, she defined what might actually produce the talks that she wants:

"We think that the strength of our movement is really in the country itself.

"It is in the will of the people and the great majority of people in Burma want democracy.

"We as the National League for Democracy and as part of the forces for democracy, are always ready to work together with the authorities to achieve national reconciliation and we would like to think that the strength of our good will and the very strong desire of the people for democracy will bring positive results."

She was again put under house arrest in September 2000, when she tried to travel to the central northern city of Mandalay in defiance of travel restrictions.

Impressive person: However, on 6 May 2002, she was released unconditionally following secretive talks with the military junta.

During that second period under house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi was able to regularly meet the other top leaders of her party, the National League for Democracy, and selected senior visiting diplomats like the United Nations special envoy Razali Ismail.

This was in stark contrast with the previous time, when she was often in solitary confinement, and for several years was not allowed to see her two sons or her husband, the late British academic Michael Aris.

During these periods of confinement, Aung San Suu Kyi busied herself studying and exercising. She meditated, worked on her French and Japanese language skills, and relaxed by playing Bach on the piano.

She has often said that the earlier period of detention made her more resolute and ready to dedicate the rest of her life to represent the average Burmese citizen.

But Aung San Suu Kyi is no ordinary person.

The UN envoy Razali Ismail has said privately that the opposition leader is undoubtedly one of the most impressive people he has ever met, and the Burmese junta owe it to the rest of the world to allow her to realise her potential - for he is certain that not only Burma but Asia will benefit from her political leadership.

Overseas life: Much of Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal within Burma lies in the fact she is the daughter of the country's independence hero General Aung San.

He was assassinated during the transition period in July 1947, just six months before independence.

Aung San Suu Kyi was only two years old at the time.

In 1960 Aung San Suu Kyi - then a teenager - went to India with her mother Daw Khin Kyi, who had been appointed Burma's ambassador to Delhi.

While there, she lived the life of a diplomat's child and developed a wide circle of Indian friends which included Indira Gandhi's sons Rajiv and Sanjay.
Four years later she went to Oxford University in the UK, where she studied philosophy, politics and economics. There she met her future husband, Michael Aris.

After stints of living and working in Japan and Bhutan, she settled down to be an English don's housewife and raise their two children, Alexander and Kim.

But Burma was never too far away from her thoughts.

It was not until 1988 that she returned to Rangoon alone - initially to look after her critically ill mother. But she arrived in the midst of a major political upheaval.

Thousands of students, office workers and monks took to the streets for months, demanding democratic reform.

"I could not, as my father's daughter remain indifferent to all that was going on," she said in a speech in Rangoon on 26 August 1988. It was Burma's second struggle for independence, she said.

Aung San Suu Kyi was soon propelled into leading the revolt against then-dictator General Ne Win.

Inspired by the non-violent campaigns of US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and India's Mahatma Gandhi, she organised rallies and travelled around the country, calling for peaceful democratic reform and free elections.

But the demonstrations were brutally suppressed by the army, who seized power in a coup on 18 September 1988.

The military government - the State Law and Order Restoration Council - called national elections in May 1990.

Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD convincingly won the polls, despite the fact that she herself was under house arrest and disqualified from standing. But the junta refused to hand over power.

In March 1999 Aung San Suu Kyi suffered a major personal tragedy when her husband died of cancer.

The military authorities did offer to allow her to travel to the UK to see him on his deathbed. But she refused, for fear that the government would not allow her back into the country.

She had not seen him for three years.

Now, after years of trying to ignore and belittle Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's generals have started secret talks with her on Burma's political future. It has raised hopes inside and outside the country that this may eventually lead to some form of democracy.

For the Burmese on the street, Aung San Suu Kyi represents their aspirations for freedom from military oppression.

Despite Suu Kyi's official release from house arrest, there are still de facto restrictions on her freedom to move and speak, and oppression of pro-democracy activism continues.

Burma's human rights record has been rated one of the worst in the world after Algeria.

While she is alive, those hopes of liberation continue to burn bright.

Reference from Free Burma Coalition web site at

Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi pronounced (Sue Chee), leader of Burma's struggle for democracy and the 1991 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is one of the world's most prominent leaders. Courageously defying Burma's brutal military regime for over 14 years, Aung San Suu Kyi also won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000. Hollywood Director John Boorman directed a movie about Suu Kyi and Burma in 1995, Beyond Rangoon, starring Patricia Arquette and Frances McDormand.

Popularly dubbed "Burma's Gandhi", Suu Kyi's struggle to rid Burma of military dictatorship through nonviolent resistance and dialogue has gained the support of citizens around the world. Archbishop Desmond Tutu refers to Burma as the "Next South Africa".

Suu Kyi's political party, the National League for Democracy, won a landslide victory in a 1990 general election, gaining an astounding 82\% of the seats in parliament. The military regime subsequently annulled the election results, placing hundreds of members of parliament and Suu Kyi under arrest. She was held under house arrest from 1989-1995. Upon her release in July 1995 she stated "I am free. Nothing else has changed." Throughout the late 1990s Suu Kyi was sporadically held under house arrest, forbidden from traveling to meet her supporters or her party members. She was held under house arrest from September 2000 and re-released on May 6, 2002.

The military regime launches repeated attacks against Suu Kyi and her family, calling on a group of thugs (known as the Union Solidarity and Development Association and comparable to Hitler's "brownshirts") to assassinate her. The regime's transporation secretary spoke to a crowd in early 1996: "Do you know what this means? It means we must kill her" (Letters to a Dictator, All Burma Students Democratic Front). The thugs attacked her car with chains and rocks, ceasing when it became apparent that she was protected (Economist, September 1996).

The military regime also prevented Suu Kyi from seeing her husband Michael Aris before his death in March 1999. Upon falling ill in a London hospital, Aris attempted to obtain a travel visa to see his wife before his death. Despite pressure from United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and several Asian governments, the military regime refused to allow him a travel visa into Burma, claiming that such activities were too "political". Aris died before Suu Kyi was able to see him. In her final words on her husband's death, she stated "I feel so fortunate to have had such a wonderful husband who has always given me the understanding I needed; nothing can take that away from me."

In a 1997 speech smuggled out of the country, she called on the world to take action: "The cause of liberty and justice finds simpathetic responses in far reaches of the globe. Thinking and feeling people everywhere, regardless of color or creed, understand the deeply-rooted human need for a meaningful existence... Those fortunate enough to live in societies where they are entitled to full political rights can reach out to help the less fortunate in other parts of our troubled planet. Young women and young men setting forth to leave their mark on the world might wish to cast their eyes beyond their own frontiers to the shadowlands of lost rights... Please use your liberty to promote ours."


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