“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” Aung San Suu Kyi
Dear All – I wanted to share an action with you for Burmese Pro-Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi who has been threatened with a five year increase on her house arrest. Aung San has been held in house arrest by the military junta of Burma for years. She was nearing the end of her time when a man, an American, swam across the lake near her house and entered her compound.
Having a guest in her compound breaks the conditions of her house arrest. She begged the man to leave but he told her he was exhausted from the swim and asked if he could stay. She allowed him to stay for two days, it is unclear why he was trying to see her.
Because this broke her house confinement rules the Burmese junta government arrested her and is threatening to hold her for five more years. Aung San was close to finishing her time of confinement and would have been free at a politically important time in Burma. Many members of Burma and the international community are saying this is just a tactic by the Burmese government to prevent her from particpating politically.
Aung San has long been an adovocate of human rights, democracy, and nonviolent resistance. It is brutally unfair to force her to stay in confinement any longer especially as she had no control over how this man enetered her compound. Below is a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations calling on his and the UN’s supprt of Aung San. I have also included a link to an article about Aung San and the recent circumstances. Please consider mailing a copy of this letter to support Aung San.
The upcoming Peace Conference that FSPA is co-hosting on August 1 in La Crosse, Wis., touches on the work of someone like Aung San. She is one model for crafting peace in our world through nonviolent resistance and collaborative grass roots work. She is a modern day peace maker and light to the world. Blessings on her work and her vision. Much Peace Liz
May 14, 2009
Secretary General United Nations
Dear Secretary General,
We are writing to you to urge your immediate action against the false imprisonment of our friend and fellow Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. As you probably know, Ms. Suu Kyi was arrested May 14, 2009 for supposedly breaking the terms of her unlawful detainment by the military junta of Burma and placed in the notorious Insein Prison.
It is clear that this is an excuse by the military junta to add trumped-up charges at a time when her unlawful detention was scheduled to end May 27, 2009. She is to stand trial on Monday, May 18th. The trial is a mockery. There is no judicial system in Burma.
We are extremely concerned about the health of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. As you know, she was diagnosed withlow blood pressure and dehydration. Her personal physician has been imprisoned along with the two women who take care of her. They have all been taken to Insein Prison, which is infamous for its inhumane and treacherous conditions, where prisoners endure mental and physical torture.
We are outraged by the deplorable actions of the military junta against Ms. Suu Kyi and strongly encourage challenge this obvious harassment and intimidation of our fellow Nobel Laureate. We urge you to do everything possible to procur her release. The protection of Ms. Suu Kyi and other peaceful political leaders in Burma is integral in maintaining the prosperity and stability of the country and the Southeast Asian region. Aung San Suu Kyi needs ASEAN to use its political power and esteem in this dire time of need.
It is time for the O.N:U and the international community to join in voicing their outrage for this horrible injustice. We urgently express our views to you and implore you to do everything in your power to free this internationally champion of non violence, human rights and democracy.
2 UN Plaza, DC2-1328
New York, NY 10017
United States of America