Amnesty International USA and Other NGOs Hold Demonstration and Panel Calling for the Release of Suu Kyi

Jun 08, 2010, 15:10 ET from Amnesty International

Event commemorates Suu Kyi's 65th birthday on Friday, June 18 across from the UN

WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amnesty International along with Burma Point and other non-governmental organizations' members and activists will be calling for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all the political prisoners of Myanmar (Burma) on Friday, June 18, 2010 at Ralph Bunche Park (across from the United Nations) in New York City.

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Amnesty International members and other activists will be holding signs urging the Myanmar government to immediately and unconditionally release Suu Kyi and all prisoners of conscience. After the demonstration, there will be a panel discussion with T. Kumar, director of international advocacy at Amnesty International USA and Mo Chen from Burma Point, among other experts.

Aung San Suu Kyi, co-founded the National League for Democracy (NLD), a pro-democracy political party that sought to counter the military junta that had reigned over Myanmar since 1962. In 1990, the NLD won over 80 percent of the parliamentary seats in a general election. Surprised at the landslide victory, the military junta refused to transfer power to Suu Kyi and the NLD, and jailed scores of political activists.

For 14 of the past 20 years, Suu Kyi has endured unofficial detention, house arrest and restrictions on her movement. She continues to be held under house arrest in Yangon.

Details are below:

What: Demonstration to release Aung San Suu Kyi & Panel Discussion

Who: Amnesty International USA members and other activists

Date: Friday, June 18th

Time: Demonstration at 12pm – 1pm; Panel Discussion at 1pm

Location: Demonstration: Ralph Bunche Park across the street from the UN (1st Ave and 43rd St); Panel Discussion: 777 UN Church Center Plaza (44th St and 1st Ave)



For more information, please contact the AIUSA media office or visit www.amnestyusa.org.

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