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The Director sign the petition for Burma

The Diretor of the Organisation Mr C. Lalremruata yesterday put his signature on the so called 888,888 signatures campaign.

This petition campaign aiming for 888,888 signatures by May 24th 20009, demanding UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon make the release of Burma's political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, his personal priority.

According to campaign for human rights and democracy in Burma - There are over 2,100 political prisoners in Burma. They have been imprisoned just for peacefully calling for democracy and freedom in Burma. Once in prison, democracy activists face horrific torture, including electric shocks, rape, iron rods rubbed on their shins until the flesh rubs off, severe beatings and solitary confinement. Many prisoners are kept in their cells 24 hours a day, given inadequate food and are in poor health. However, the regime appears to be systematically denying medical treatment to political prisoners.

Burma's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said, “the release of political prisoners is the most important thing for all those who truly wish to bring about change in Burma".

The United Nations Security Council has called for political prisoners to be released but must do more to make sure this happens.

The words of the petition:

To: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

"Until all of our political prisoners are free, none of us can say that Burma is now truly on the road towards democratic change." Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, held under house arrest for 13 of the last 19 years.

The military government - the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) – must immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Khun Tun Oo and Min Ko Naing.

The release of all political prisoners is the first and most important step towards freedom and democracy in Burma. We, the undersigned, call upon UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to make it his personal priority to secure the release of all of Burma's political prisoners by the SPDC.

Join the campaign at here and sign the petition.

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