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Actors, Writers, and Designers Call For Release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Actors, Writers, and Designers Call For Release of Aung San Suu Kyi
May 15th, 2009
Media Release From Burma Campaign UK

For Immediate Release 15th May 2009

For more information contact Zoya Phan on 44 (0)7738630139

Actors, Writers, and Designers Call For Release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Some of Britain’s most distinguished actors and writers have added their names to a global petition for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all Burma’s political prisoners. The petition calls on United Nations SecretaCry General Ban Ki Moon to make securing the release of the prisoners a top priority.

Yesterday, Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was imprisoned in Burma’s notorious Insein jail. She will face a trial on Friday for breaking the terms of her house arrest, after an American entered her home and refused to leave.

Ben Kingsley, Joanna Lumley, Diane Rigg, Zoe Wanamaker, Juliet Stevenson, Tony Robinson, Phillip Pullman, Monica Ali and Joanna Trollope are among 30 famous people to back the Free Burma’s Political Prisoners Now! campaign. The campaign is being organised by former political prisoners

“The world is horrified by the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and more than 2,000 other political prisoners,” said Zoya Phan, International Coordinator at Burma Campaign UK. “Ban Ki Moon must take action, not just sit behind a desk in New York issuing statements of concern.”

More than three-hundred thousand people have signed the petition calling for UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to secure the release of Burma’s political prisoners.

A new report – Silent Killing Fields - published this week by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, has exposed the systematic denial of medical care for political prisoners. Last week Aung San Suu Kyi, who is ill and under house arrest, was denied medical care after her doctor was arrested. Although her doctor’s assistant has now been allowed to visit her, her doctor remains in jail, with no explanation from the dictatorship as to why he has been arrested.

The petition can be signed online at: http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/fbppn.htm

Full list of those supporting the campaign:

Ben Kingsley

Joanna Lumley

Ian McKellan

Jo Brand

Zoe Wanamaker

Victoria Wood

Diana Rigg

Tony Robinson

Juliet Stevenson

Tom Stoppard

Monica Ali

Iain Banks

Charles Dance

Terry Gilliam

Ben Fogle

Sandy Gall

David Hare

Nicholas Hytner

Miriam Karlin

John O’Farrell

Philip Pullman

Rose Tremain

Joanna Trollope

Sarah Waters

Selina Scott

Sharon Davies

Nicole Farhi

Tim Sebastian

Jane Asher

Maureen Lipman

For more information contact Zoya Phan on 44 (0)7738630139

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