FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma Renews Calls for the Release of the Imprisoned Democratic Leader Aung San Suu Kyi On Her Birthday

Washington, DC – The members of the Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma today renewed calls for the Burmese military junta, the State Peace and Development Council, to immediately release imprisoned democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the occasion of her birthday, as well as all other political prisoners.

The Caucus is co-chaired by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas). The Caucus also includes Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

Following is a joint statement from the Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma:

“As members of the U.S. Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma, we extend our sincere best wishes and greetings to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on the occasion of her 64th birthday. We regret that, once again, Suu Kyi is unable to celebrate this day freely as she stands trial on trumped up charges of violating her house arrest.

We call upon the regime to release Suu Kyi and all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally and begin a true dialogue on national reconciliation that will lead to a truly representative government.

The military junta has tried for years to stifle the will of the people and silence the voice of Suu Kyi through a brutal campaign of violence and oppression.

Yet, Aung San Suu Kyi remains a beacon of hope for a future of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights. She is a source of encouragement and solace for the people of Burma seeking a future free from fear, and she inspires citizens of the world who believe in her message of hope and peace.

On this day we reaffirm our solidarity with Suu Kyi and the people of Burma. We look forward to the day when we can celebrate with Suu Kyi in person in a free and democratic Burma.”

64th Aung San Suu Kyi’s Birthday Demo London by Maung Kaung


AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE: Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s brother-in-law has offered a symbolic gift of flowers for her to mark her 64th birthday at the country’s embassy in London.
Anthony Aris, brother of Suu Kyi’s late husband Michael who died in 1999, said he wants the embassy to send the bougainvillea to his imprisoned sister-in-law.
”This is her favorite flower,” he said, as between 300 and 400 demonstrators gathered outside the central London diplomatic mission.
”She normally wears it in her hair. I will not do that. But I will present them to the embassy, and ask them to air freight them to her in prison,” he said before trying to leave the blooms.
When staff refused to answer the door, he tucked them behind the building’s name plaque.
He cast doubt on the incident that triggered the current legal action against Suu Kyi.
”The incident with the man who swam across the lake appears to be a setup. After all, the poor misguided chap was an overweight American,” he said, referring to John William Yettaw.
”I am anxious. The family does not normally speak to the media, but these are exceptional circumstances,” he said.
Armed police guarded the front of the embassy, while demonstrators had tied yellow ribbons and attached photos of Suu Kyi to the railings at the front of the building.
Some held banners saying ”Silence is acceptance. Shout loudly.” Continue reading “64th Aung San Suu Kyi’s Birthday Demo London by Maung Kaung”