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Two Nobel Peace Prize Recipients to Lead Demonstration at Burma Embassy This Friday, Call for UN Security Council Action (click to view PDF)

For Immediate Release
January 3rd, 2007
Contact: Jeremy Woodrum: (202) 234-8022

(Washington, DC) Two Nobel Peace Prize recipients will join activists at a demonstration in front of the embassy of Burma’s military regime this Friday to call for a UN Security Council resolution on Burma and demand the release of the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi, student leader Min Ko Naing, and all political prisoners.

The demonstration will take place this Friday, January 5th at 10:30 am at 2300 S St, NW

The two Nobel recipients are Dr. Shirin Ebadi from Iran, who received the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting human rights in Iran, and Jody Williams, who received the 1997 prize for her work to ban the use of landmines.

The demonstration comes as the Security Council is weighing its first-ever resolution on Burma 

after voting to place Burma on its permanent agenda for the first time in history in September.

Burma is ruled by one of the world’s most brutal military dictatorships, led by General Than Shwe. Besides locking up Suu Kyi and over 1,200 other political prisoners, Than Shwe’s regime has destroyed over 3,000 ethnic minority villages in a scorched earth policy designed to root out all opposition to its rule. Over one million refugees have fled the country, while an additional ½ million remain internal refugees, where many are hunted down and killed like animals. The International Labor Organization, a United Nations agency, has called on countries around the world to impose sanctions on Burma for its use of modern-day slave labor. Many people continue to die and flee as a result of the regime’s policies. While the world is aware of atrocities in Darfur and Rwanda, the highest levels of the UN have been unable to deal with the regional instability created by mass abuses in Burma.

Aung San Suu Kyi is often referred to as “Asia’s Nelson Mandela” for her work to peacefully bring democracy and human rights to Burma. She won the Nobel Peace Prize after leading her political party, the National League for Democracy, to a landslide 82% victory in Burma’s last democratic
election. The regime refused to recognize the results, and has kept her locked up for 11 of the past 17 years.

The push for a UN Security Council resolution comes after 10 years of failed UN efforts. The UN General Assembly and Commission on Human Rights have passed a total of 29 consecutive 

resolutions calling for change in Burma and sent envoys on dozens of trips to the country, all of 
which have been ignored by the military regime.

Musicians and Hollywood stars including Tim Robbins, Peter Gabriel, and Damien Rice, and 

luminaries such as South Africa’s Desmond Tutu and renowned economist Amartya Sen are all 
supporting the effort to place Burma on the Security Council agenda. The U.S. State Department
said it plans to press for a resolution in early 2007.

More information on the situation in eastern Burma, including a brand-new, downloadable slide 

show on eastern Burma, can be found at