Burma: Peace Prisoner

By Murray Thomson

42-year-old Burmese mother of two was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1991. Yet Aung San Suu Kyi is still under house arrest in Rangoon, where she has been for more than two years, because she called for a return to democracy in Burma.

The military regime in Burma (a name dissidents prefer to Myanmar) has been described as one of the most criminal enterprises in the world today. Using profits from the heroin trade and the reckless sale of its teak forests, the regime purchases weapons required to keep 40 million Burmese in its grip.

An international campaign is underway to free Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners in Burma. Canadian Friends of Burma is cooperating in this effort. CFOB is supported by Peacefund Canada, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, Canadian Seniors for Social Responsibility, and other NGOs in Canada.

The campaign has three objectives:

  1. To honor Suu Kyi with articles and commentaries in the media.
  2. To seek all-party support for a House of Commons motion calling for release of Aung San Suu Kyi.
  3. To involve non-governmental organizations with large memberships in a national effort to inform and motivate Canadians to challenge Canadian companies, such as Petro-Canada to suspend operations in Burma today.

Join us! Write to, or contact us at the above address, or by telephone: (613) 230-0860, or fax: (613) 563 4017.

Murray Thomson is executive director of Peacefund Canada

Peace Magazine Jan-Feb 1992

Peace Magazine Jan-Feb 1992, page 11. Some rights reserved.

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