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Global Days of Actions For Aung San Suu Kyi’s 60th Birthday, June 19, 2005 (click to view PDF)

For Immediate Release
May 31st, 2005

“We call on individuals and governments, to support publicly Aung San Suu Kyi on her birthday, June 19th. 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.”
South Africa’s Desmond Tutu, 1984

“We must act resolutely as the junta continues to imprison those who nonviolently struggle for freedom and justice, including Nobel laureate and Burmese democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Burma has a rising prisoner of conscience population, with over 1,300 political prisoners. I renew my call that Suu Kyi and other prisoners of conscience be immediately and unconditionally released.”
US Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

“As champions of freedom and respect for human rights, we must stand in solidarity with (Aung San) Suu Kyi, the people of Burma, and the international community in once again calling on the SPDC to release Suu Kyi, relinquish power, and respect the 1990 elections. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has rightly said: As long as [Suu Kyi] remains under house arrest, none of us is truly free.”
US Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA)

“As the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi continues to inspire the democracy movement and seek support for their peaceful cause. It has been reported that the National League for Democracy has collected more than 300,000 signatures on a petition calling for change in the country. Those who sign are actively putting their lives in danger by publicly stating that they seek democratic change and some 1,400 political prisoners are locked up for supporting human rights and democracy.”
US Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS)

“I want to be part of those wishing her Happy Birthday. I have the highest regards for ASSK. I call again on the Burmese government to let her enjoy freedom and to recognize her role that has been decided by the people of Burma and they should stop their persecution of her and the other reform minded people in Burma, who want freedom. So I wish her Happy Birthday and I want her to know that she is not alone, she is not forgotten. Many people around the world stand with her and salute her as a Great Human Rights Champion.”
US Congressman Joseph Pitts (R-PA)

CITY HONORS
1.City and County of San Francisco, CA declared June 19th as Aung San Suu Kyi Day.
Contact: Gregg Butensky (USCB) at (415) 867-0377 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Nyunt Than (BADA) at (510) 220-1323 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. City of Berkeley, CA is expected to declare June 19th as Aung San Suu Kyi Day soon.
Contact: Nyunt Than (BADA) at (510) 220-1323 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. City of Edinburgh, Scotland will honor Aung San Suu Kyi with Freedom of the City Award. Her son, Kim will accept the award on her behalf. A major festival will be held in Edinburgh on June 9-25, 2005 involving Prime Minister Dr Sein Win of the Burmese Government in Exile speaking at the Scottish Parliament. Exciting programs including theatre, films, seminars, exhibitions and interfaith events and a street party in Edinburgh’s Parliament Square organized by Amnesty International, BEST, Burma Campaign UK and The Scottish Refugee Council - with support and involvement from the Burmese community in the UK.
Contact: BEST, 19b Merchiston Avenue, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH10 4PJ, UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mark Farmaner (Burma Campaign UK) at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (020) 7324 4713

UNIVERSITY HONORS

Thammasa University, Bangkok, Thailand will confer Daw Aung San Suu Kyi honorary doctorate degree on June 19, 2005.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS WORLDWIDE

1.US Congressional Human Rights Caucus, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) and the US Campaign for Burma (USCB) will host a birthday celebration in Washington, DC, on Capitol Hill, Room No. S 211 at 5:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, June 16, 2005.
Contact: Aung Din and Jeremy Woodrum (USCB)
at (202) 223-0300 or 
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and Steven Moe (NCGUB) at
(301) 424-4810 or 
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2. Women on the Move for Burma (WOMB) will host a dinner event to honor Women of Burma Day and Aung San Suu Kyi’s 60th birthday on Saturday, June 18, 2005 in New York City, NY USA.
Contact: Sandi at (914) 445-9222 and Kathleen Didomenico at (212) 365-4155

3. Burmese-American Women Alliance (BAWA) will host an event to honor Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday and the Women of Burma Day on Saturday, June 18, 2005 in San Francisco, CA, USA.
Contact: Jean Gale (BAWA) at (650) 296 9106 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. Vancouver Burmese Canadian Community Society will host an event honoring Aung San Suu Kyi and Women of Burma Day on June 18, 2005 in Vancouver, Canada.
Contact: Dr. Win Myint Than at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (604) 270-2132

5. Burmese activists and Japanese supporters of free Burma movement will host an event to honor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday, June 19, 2005 in Tokyo, Japan. Prime Minister Dr. Sein Win and Members of Japanese Diet Parliament will attend.
Contact: Myat Thu at (090-6300-0176), Myint Maung at (080-1126-3500) National League for Democracy (Liberated Area-Japan), Tel/Fax: 03-5974-1981   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  League for Democracy in Burma, Tel/Fax : 03-3916-4996,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  League for Democracy in Burma (Nagoya), Tel/Fax : 052-661-5953,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Association of United Nationalities in Japan, Tel/Fax : 03-5960-4440,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Burmese Relief Center,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

6. National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) – Korea Brach will host an event to honor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday, June 19, 2005 in Seoul, Korea.
Contact: Yan Naing Htun, NLD (LA) Korea
Branch, Tel: (82) 11-9723-4773 Fax: (82) 32-656-6932,
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7. Burmese activists in exile and free Burma supporters from New Zealand will host a benefit dinner to celebrate Aung San Suu Kyi’s 60th birthday on Sunday, June 19, 2005.
Contact: Fiona Thompson at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8. Danish Burma Committee (DBC), incorporating with Burmese activists will host an event in Copenhagen, Denmark to honor Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday, June 19, 2005.
Contact: Annette Berentzen (DBC) at (+45) 33 69 11 40 and  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or William Aung (NLD-LA) at (+45) 21 28 74 62 and  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

9. Burma Democracy Activists of Texas will host a celebration of Aung San Suu Kyi’s 60th birthday on Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 6612 Convict Hill Road, Austin, TX 78749. Prayer service, video screening and discussions on
current situation in Burma are included.
Contact: Burma Democracy Activists of Texas at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10. Burma Democracy Activists in Norway will host a celebration of Aung San Suu Kyi’s 60th birthday on Sunday, June 19, 2005.
Contact: Nyein Aye (aka) Kyaw Soe Lin at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (+47) 41 51 55 1711.

11.  Democratic Federation of Burma (Malaysia) and National League for Democracy-Liberated Area (Malaysia) will jointly host the birthday celebration of Aung San Suu Kyi on June 19, 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Contact: Yan Naing (or) Ricky Yan (DFB) at (+60) 1920 36351 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

12. Burma Democracy Activists of La Puente, CA will host a celebration of Aung San Suu Kyi’s 60th birthday on Sunday, June 19, 2005 at Burma Buddhist Monastery, 710 Grandview Lane, La Puente, CA 91744, USA. Prayer service, video screening and discussions on current situation in Burma are included.
Contact: Daw Yi Yi Myint at (626) 780 8090 or Burma Buddhist Monastery at (626) 336 3419

PROTESTS IN FRONT OF THE REGIME’S EMBASSIES AROUND THE WORLD ON FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2005

1. Washington, DC, United States
Contact: USCB, Jeremy Woodrum and Aung Din at (202) 223-0300

2. New York City, NY, United States
Contact: Ko Phoe Kyaw (DFB) at (718) 813-2421, Mick Schommer (USCB) at (718) 812-0736

3. London, United Kingdom
Contact: Mark Farmaner (Burma Campaign UK) at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (020) 7324 4713

4. New Delhi, India
Contact: Dr. Tint Swe (NCGUB) at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5. Tokyo, Japan
Contact: Myat Thu (090-6300-0176), Myint Maung (080-1126-3500)

6. Seoul, Korea
Contact: Yan Naing Htun, NLD (LA) Korea Branch, Tel: (82) 11-9723-4773, Fax: (82) 32-656-6932, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DIGITAL BIRTHDAY WISHES AT CANDLES FOR BURMA:  www.ethicaltraveler.org/candles

Ethical Traveler and the Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA) have launched a new campaign to highlight the plight of democracy advocates in Burma. The two groups are asking supporters to send birthday wishes to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose 60th birthday is June 19, 2005. Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in Burma for most of the past 14 years. 

 Ethical Traveler’s Executive Director, Jeff Greenwald says “We have created a website where people from around the world can post digital greetings, offering Aung San Suu Kyi birthday wishes and reminding her of our support for freedom and democracy in Burma,” The URL for the “Candles for Burma” campaign is www.ethicaltraveler.org/candles.

“By sending a digital greeting, supporters will be letting Aung San Suu Kyi know that people all over the world are standing behind her. Sometimes, that knowledge makes all the difference.” says Victor Win, President of BADA.

Contact: Michael McColl, Director of Communications, Ethical Traveler, (510) 451-0267 Nyunt Than, General Secretary, Burmese American Democratic Alliance,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (510) 220-1323

HOUSE ARREST PARTIES IN THE UNITED STATES AND THREE COUNTRIES ON JUNE 19, 2005

70 Signed Up In 27 States and Three Countries

Alaska
Lisa Semple (Homer)

California
Burmese- American Democratic Alliance (San Francisco)
David Wolfberg (Los Angeles)
Gregg Butensky (San Francisco)
Phone Yaung Oo (Los Angeles)
Ko Ko Lay (San Francisco)Janet Hadley (Newport Beach)
Emily Evans (Laguna Niguel)

Colorado
U Kyaw Win (Boulder)
Tricia Karpfen (Durango)

Connecticut
Drucie Bathin: Friends of the Karen People, Inc. (Quaker Hill)
Jamie Viola (Farmington)

Hawaii
Eddie Aung-Gyi Lim (Honolulu)

Illinois
Sit Naing (Dekalb)
Thiha Kyaw Zaw (Chicago)

Indiana
Ro Ding (Muncie)
Bill Johnson (Avon)
Colin McCurd (Fort Wayne)

Louisiana
Whitney Stewart (New Orleans)

Maine
Jenny Yasi (Peaks Island)

Maryland
Dan Beeton (Silver Spring)
Khin Thida (Beltsville)
Shwe Zin Tun (Rockville)
Claire Zuraw (Baltimore)
Alfredo Garzino-Demo (Baltimore)
Tin Moe Aye and Maung Nay Lin (Silver Spring)

Massachusetts
Simon Billenness (Boston)
Andrea Lee (Woburn)
Kristen Newell (Ipswish)

Minnesota
Ma Hmwe (Minneapolis)

Nevada

Linn Htut and Win Thu Aung (Las Vegas)

New Jersey
Jennifer Quigley (Toms River) 

New Mexico
Shana Swiss (Santa Fe)

New York
Geoffrey Aung (Columbia University)
Faye Leone (NYC)
Mick Schommer (NYC)
Maura Stephens (Ithaca)
Rebecca Lichtenfeld (NYC)
Kheng Chow (Brooklyn)
Heidi Hilda Hellenberg (Albany)
Valerie King (Staten Island)
Hnin Hnin Wai (Brooklyn)
Siobhan Liddell (Brooklyn)

North Carolina
Ashley Howell (Chapel Hill)

Ohio
Tim McCarthy (Kent)

Oregon
Edith Mirante (Portland)

Pennsylvania
Dan Orzech (Philadelphia)

Rhode Island
Marcia Lieberman (Providence)

Texas
Myo Aung (Austin)
Char Char Htike (Houston)

Vermont
Rick Hausman (South Ryegate)
Brad Kammerer (Montpelier)

Virginia
Jeremy Woodrum (Alexandria)
Tin Maung Thaw (Ashburn)
Ted Hobart (Arlington)

Washington
Larry Dohrs (Seattle)
Laurie Dawson (Seabeck)
Remy Peritz (University of Washington)
Pwint Htun (Seattle)
Alxandra Clarke (Vashon)

Washington, DC
Viola Wu (N.W)
Amy Conlee (S.E)Wisconsin
Kim Jacobson (Milwaukee)
Moe Nyo (Milwaukee)

Norway
Nina Bull

Singapore
Thant Zin

Thailand
Zaw Oo (Chiang Mai)
Michele Keegan
Khin Phyu Htway

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