RELEASE Daw Aung San Suu Kyi !
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May 23, 2007
Senior General Than Shwe
Dear Senior General Than Shwe:
We appeal for the immediate release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi an Awardee of the 2004 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights who has been under house arrest since May 2003. Aung San Suu Kyi is now serving her third term of house arrest scheduled to end a few days from now (May 27, 2007).
Aung San Suu Kyi was cited by the 2004 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Award Committee for her brave resistance against the prevailing oppression and undemocratic military regime. For this, Aung San Suu Kyi was able to unite support by the Burmese people as well as the international community. The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights was awarded as an inspiration for her continued struggle for human rights, democracy and peace, the same aspiration that paved the way for the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising.
Aung San Suu Kyi has spent more than 11 years under arrest yet she has committed no crime. Burma will never be at peace for as long as Aung San Suu Kyi and the other political prisoners remain in detention. The freedom and peace loving citizens of the world will continually unite and call for an end to this grave oppression and injustice.
We urge you to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all of Burma's political prisoners. There can be no real democracy, peace, and progress in Burma while Aung San Suu Kyi is not free.
The May 18 Memorial Foundation
Officers and Staff
Gwangju City, Republic of Korea
Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Awardees
2000 – Pres. Xanana Gusmao (Timor Leste)
2002 – Korean Association of Bereaved Families for Democracy
2003 – Dandeniya Gamage Jayanthi (Sri Lanka)
2005 – Wardah Hafidz (Indonesia)
2006 – Angkana Neelaphaijit (Thailand)
2007 – Lenin Raghuvanshi (India)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
U Aung Shwe, Chairman, National League for Democracy
Embassy of Burma, Republic of Korea