Action Alert from Friends of BPF!
Buddhist Peace Fellowship endorses action in the interest of Aung San Suu Kyi, the missing monks and nuns, and the civilians who are living under the oppression of those who gain from the suffering of others. BPF is witnessing along with the world the crisis of the human condition today as demonstrated in Burma this very moment. Please read letter sent by Amnesty International. And peace to all living beings.
-- Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Executive Director of BPF.
Aung San Suu Kyi faces charges this week that could land her in jail for five years. The trial comes just days before she was set to be released from house arrest. Her life is on the line. Aung San Suu Kyi's health is at risk, and five years of torture and abuse at the infamous Insein prison could spell disaster.
Our rapid response to these developments started last week in Australia (a member of ASEAN) when the Amnesty section there mobilized and generated over 7,000 letters to ASEAN. Just a few hours ago, the chairman of ASEAN called on Myanmar (Burma) to release Aung San Suu Kyi.
With the international pressure snowballing, it's time to focus on General Than Shwe, leader of the military junta. Please write General Than Shwe and urge him to release Aung San Suu Kyi and then forward this email to your friends and networks.
We know influencing the general is an uphill battle, but you and I have faced these odds before. Last year, we sent tens of thousands of letters on behalf of Ma Khin Khin Leh, another prisoner of conscience in Myanmar. Today, she is free.
Now it's time for us to do the impossible again for Aung San Suu Kyi.
Will you forward this email to friends and to your networks, so we can reach at least 30,000 letters within the next 24 hours?
The stakes couldn't be higher: Aung San Suu Kyi's life is on the line.
Almost 20 years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi's party won over 80% of the vote, making her the rightful political leader of Myanmar. The military refused to hand over power, brutally oppressing any dissent, and imprisoning Suu Kyi for 13 of the last 19 years.
Since the elections in 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi's very existence has challenged the military's authority, and inspired the people of Myanmar to hope.
In her hour of need, will you do all you can?
Will you write General Than Shwe?
And then please forward this email widely to your friends and networks?
Aung San Suu Kyi has kept hope alive for the people of Myanmar, even when all hope was lost. Let's do the same now for Aung San Suu Kyi.
Thanks for standing with us,
P.S. We are gravely concerned about the health of 10 other political prisoners in Myanmar. Our ability to mobilize today for Aung San Suu Kyi could shift the direction for these lives on the brink.
Buddhist Peace Fellowship (www.bpf.org) | PO Box 3470 | Berkeley | CA | 94703
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