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19 juin 2005

World cries in unison: "Free Aung San Suu Kyi NOW!"

Say happy birthday to herReligious leaders, politicians, Nobel laureates and rockers joined the millions calling for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's release from house arrest and a restoration of democracy in Myanmar (Burma), as 'The Lady' turns 60 today.

The protests got underway in New Zealand, the first country to greet the dawn of Daw Suu Kyi's birthday, where thousands of locals joined the Burmese exiles demanding the military junta to grant their beloved leader the gift of freedom.

Twenty seven music stars including U2, R.E.M., Eric Clapton, Avril Lavigne, Peter Gabriel, Coldplay, and Pearl Jam have released "For the Lady," a brand-new double CD set dedicated to freeing the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

The album also features a song in Burmese written by a jailed student democracy activist, and all proceeds will go towards the United States Free Burma Campaign.

"We call on individuals, and governments, to support publicly Aung San Suu Kyi, on her birthday, June 19th," Archbishop Desmon Tutu, a hero of South Africa's struggle against apartheid, said. "I support activities that call for her immediate and unconditional release;
I applaud all human rights campaigners who are working on her behalf, and that of her
countrymen and women. As long as she remains under arrest, none of us is truly free."

"I send my best wishes to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for her 60th birthday, June 19." US President George W. Bush said. "Her strength, courage, and personal sacrifice in standing up for the oppressed people of Burma have inspired those who stand for freedom. Only a return to democracy and reintegration with the international community can bring the freedom and prosperity that the people of Burma deserve. The United States looks forward to the time when Burma is democratic and free."

The United States is one of the few western nations that has taken concrete steps to apply pressure on the tyrannical regime to restore democracy in the Southeast Asian nations.

India, China and most of Burma's Southeast Asian neighbors have accepted the military junta as the legitimate government.

"We need the world to stand tall for Aung San Suu Kyi on June 19th," a joint statement by Burmese rights campaigners in Asia, Europe and the US said. "Just as the world rallied to free Nelson Mandela, we must free Aung San Suu Kyi."

The activists also called on the United Nations Security Council to end its "deafening silence."

"While the Security Council dithers, Burmese people are dying," they said. "Kofi Annan should immediately call for Burma to be placed on the Security Council agenda."

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