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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Activists Jailed

Norm Geras, as he often does, points us towards the hidden and the disappeared: three jailed democracy activists in Burma - Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi and Ko Htay Kywe:
All three activists are leaders of the '88 Generation Students Group,' and are in need of regular medical attention as they have each already spent 15 years in the State Peace and Development Council’s (SPDC's) notorious prisons.

Such a simple device - to name the Forgotten - serves to assure they are not; and has reminded me of the original, most worthy mission of Amnesty International who, in earlier times, encouraged and enabled us to write write letters of support to the forlorn in jails around the world; to show them - and more importantly, their jailors - that they had not been forgotten at all.

There is a petition you can sign here, to urge to UN to help obtain their release.

Or, if you're feeling particularly feisty, perhaps you'd consider staging a modest revival of an old and much-admired program? Write them yourself... the address is easy:

Min Ko Naing / Ko Ko Gyi / Ko Htay Kywe

c/o State Peace and Development Council,

Fascist juntas - you know their postal services work.


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