On 27 May 2009 (the day that Aung San Suu Kyi was due to be released from house arrest) a coalition of campaign groups, including English PEN and led by the Burma Campaign UK, lauched a major new publicity campaign to put pressure on the Burmese Junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi.
The campaign aimed to demonstrate the scale of outrage over her continued detention by encouraging people around the world to write a 64 word or video message that were delivered on Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday on the 19 June. To date, there have been over 17,000 contributions to the website.
Following our vigil outside the Burmese Embassy on Friday 19 June, the 64forsuu.org website was attacked. It was offline for 20 minutes or so, and no data was lost. For more information, please click here.
We were therefore delighted to learn that from inside Burma’s notorious Insein prison Aung San Suu Kyi asked her lawyer to thank the tens of thousands of people that wished her happy birthday. Her lawyer Nyan Win released the following message: “She said she thanks those at home and abroad who wished her a happy birthday, because she cannot reply to everyone”.
To read PEN members’ contributions to the website, please click here.
To view the 64 for Suu website, please click here.
Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/campaigns/campaignforburmesewriters/events/64forsuu/