helen-louise (baratron) wrote,
helen-louise
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Honour Aung San Suu Kyi

You people know how I feel about Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese "government". Go sign a petition to the UN Security Council. It takes seconds.

More from the Avaaz.org email:
Over the next two months the UK and the US hold the powerful Presidency of the United Nations Security Council - both President Obama and Prime Minister Brown have spoken passionately about Burma, so now is our best chance in years to get the Security Council to act.

But the US, UK and other Council members are still dragging their feet -- concerned about challenging China, a key sponsor of the Burmese regime. If a global outcry demands it, they will try harder to get China to agree, as happened when the Council decided to allow prosecution of another China-sponsored regime in the case of Darfur, Sudan.

Calls for investigation and prosecution of the Burmese Generals have been growing. The pressure is building on Obama and Brown as already dozens of US and British legislators have called for an inquiry. And a recent Harvard University report by top global jurists reveals that the UN has already quietly documented the forced recruitment of tens of thousands of child soldiers, more than one million refugees and internally displaced persons, numerous cases of killings and torture, mass rape and the forced displacement of 3,000 ethnic minority villages -- as many as reported in Darfur. Let's join them in this call to hold the regime to account:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/jail_the_generals

Sources:

For the politics behind the guilty verdict visit: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8177328.stm

Read the Harvard report here: http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/hrp/newsid=59.html

For a United Nations Official's appeal to the Security Council visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/opinion/28iht-edpineiro.html

See the Sudan Commission of Inquiry process here: http://www.unausa.org/Document.Doc?id=253

For the UK MPs call for Commission of Inquiry visit: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=38487&SESSION=899

For the US Senators call for a Commission of Inquiry visit: http://avaazmedia.s3.amazonaws.com/Obama UNSC COI Final 6-15-2009.pdf
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