64 for Suu: Global Campaign To Free Aung San Suu Kyi launched today

A new website calling for the release of Burma’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and all of Burma’s political prisoners, launches today with the backing of major celebrities and a coalition of NGOs and trade unions. The website will become the global hub of the international campaign to release Aung San Suu Kyi.

 

The launch coincides with the day that, according to the Burmese regime, Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest expires. The UN has already ruled that her detention is illegal. More than 2,100 political prisoners are being held in Burma’s jails.

 

’64 for Suu’ allows anyone to upload video, text, image or twitter messages of support to Burma’s imprisoned democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. ’64 for Suu’ aims to demonstrate the scale of outrage over her continued detention by encouraging high profile individuals and the public around the world to write a 64 word message, a “64”, that will be delivered on Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday on June 19th.

 

Organisations supporting the website include; Burma Campaign UK, English PEN, Amnesty International,Christian Solidarity Worldwide,Open Society Institute, Avaaz, theTrade Union Congress, Human Rights Watch and Not On Our Watch.

 

The site was launched with messages from high-profile supporters including George Clooney, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Vaclav Havel, David Beckham, Daniel Craig, and the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

 

Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard, Kevin Spacey and Sarah Brown will be twittering on the site.

 

To visit the site, please click here.


Here are some of the 64 word messages from members of English PEN:

 

64 FOR SUU

 

Lisa Appignanesi

 

Aung San Suu Kyi
Bravest of Women,
You stand there, calm, firm,
An icon of conscience,
An icon to all that a lone individual can do
In the face of brutal dictatorship.
They can’t silence you.
Your very presence speaks
Outwitting their false accusations,
Their manipulations,
Their house arrest,
Their illegitimate power;
And gives us courage, words,
The strength of protest.
And enduring hope.
 

Melissa Benn

 

The eyes of the world are upon you once again as you face this latest trial of strength. In your steady, dignified refusal to compromise, at huge personal cost, you remain a crucial emblem of resistance to all who resist tyranny; in the words of the Nobel Peace award ‘an outstanding example of the power of the powerless.’  We salute your calmness and courage.

 

Moris Farhi MBE

 

Today, as ever, hordes of godless proselytizers, politicians stricken by atavistic delirium, war-lovers in armoured accoutrements and gold-eating financiers endeavour to possess the Universe. But they fail as they always do. Because every generation produces countless paragons like Aung San Suu Kyi, who, by instructing us to reject the culture of hatred, defend our inalienable rights to peace, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

Ruth Fainlight

 

Dear Aung San Suu Kyi,
happy birthday, noble lady,
all the world admires and loves you,
your tenacity, integrity and dignity.

Like a tender blade of grass
with the power to crack a paving stone,
your existence will topple mountains.
Let this be the year
when that soft resistance
is not only an example
to others, but of triumph –
and you will be free.


Camilla Hale

 

For Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners who hold up a mirror to us to show freedom, love, kindness and compassion not power, torture, repression and intolerance – we salute you. It will be a long and hard path but we much build it across the world. Thank you for showing us the way and being so constant in your courage and resolve.


Ivan Jones

 

Burma! The World is Watching you!
Watching how you treat Aung San Suu Kyi.
Her innocence is clear
Her innocence is beyond doubt
Burma! The World is Watching you!
 
Burma! You will be judged
On what you do with Aung San Suu Kyi
Her honesty shines for your country
Give her freedom now.
Burma! The World is Watching you!


Mohammed Nasheed

 

The Generals detain you this birthday but they do not arrest hope. I also spent many birthdays in jail and from you I learnt that the human spirit cannot be quashed, the chains of oppression eventually break, and where terror once ruled freedom will prevail.

Dr Alastair Niven OBE

 

My father grew up in Burma and taught me what a great and civilised country it is.  I have visited Burma and seen this for myself.  However, the present regime betrays both the nation’s greatness and its civilisation by their monstrous inhumanity towards the inspiring figure of Aung San Suu Kyi.  In times to come her reputation will prosper and theirs will founder.

 

Salman Rushdie

 

On this day, my birthday and yours, I always remember your long ordeal and silently applaud your endurance. This year, silence is impossible. It is not any action of yours, but your house arrest, which symbolizes the suppression of Burmese democracy, that is criminal. It is your trial, not your struggle, that is unjust. On this day, on every day, I am with you.

 
Anne Sebba

 

What present can we offer the most beautiful and courageous 64 year-old in the world? She who has given us insight into the limits of human endurance, shown us dignity in the face of cruelty, patience in the face of stupidity – remarkable gifts, impossible to buy with money. Will sixty four minutes on June 19th spent reflecting on her courage be remotely acceptable?

 

Carole Seymour-Jones

 

64 words for Aung San Suu Kyi.

Even the stones of this London pavement cry out in protest at your imprisonment as we, writers and members of English PEN, hold our vigil in your honour outside the Burmese embassy. On your 64th birthday we salute you, icon of suffering and struggle, and call for your freedom and that of all political prisoners in Burma.


William St Clair

 

All of us at English Pen, including some of us who met you and Michael in happier times, send you our best wishes. We will be demonstrating in London and thinking of you.

 

Val Warner

 

Lines for Aung  San Suu Kyi   — London Demos for the Lady
Scarlet bandanas this year, blacked-out sky –
eyes bound, years back beside the London Eye
we knelt across the iron Thames from the Tate.  
The motley demos pass, the Lady waits,
the motley seasons pass, the Lady waits,
years of days unfulfilled, the Lady waits.
From round the world, tense birthday longings fly.

 

Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/bulletins/64forsuuglobalcampaigntofreeaungsansuukyilaunchedtoday/

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