Help the Oppressed People of Myanmar (Burma)

General October 4, 2007

The situation in Burma is extremely urgent. It seems the Burmese military has murdered at least 200 people in recent days. There have been some reports of the government burning bodies and the wounded alive as they did in the 1988 uprisings (www.uscampaignforburma.org).

It critical to take action quickly while the world is watching and speaking out. It seems that the media and public usually have a short attention span when it comes to encouraging response to violent
oppression.

The military junta has violently crushed the overt protests and cut lines of communication so that media has less to report. They appear committed to continue killing minorities and military opposition as
they have done for decades.

Please join with others around the world to help bring peace in Burma. Take the actions noted below and encourage others to do the same.


ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE RIGHT NOW!

Events
*** Sign up for A Day of International Action for a Free Burma.
Simultaneous Demonstrations in Cities around the world. Saturday,
October 6, 2007, 12:00pm - 9:00pm. Find your city: http://
www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=4973307490
Concept: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=5570623790

Petitions
***To the UN http://new.petitiononline.com/9848/petition-sign.html

*** Go to http://earthrights.org/ and sign petition to Chevron CEO calling for Chevron to use its influence to halt violence. Chevron is a partner with the junta and the largest foreign investor in Burma.

*** MoveOn.org has a petition to sign, with an opportunity to add comments, to Chinese President Hu Jintao and the UN Security Council. Go to http://pol.moveon.org/burma/

*** Ask President Bush to urge the UN Security Council members, especially the Permanent members like China, to immediately deploy a UN Security Council mission to Myanmar (Burma). This mission should act to resolve the human rights crisis and avert the risk of further violence and bloodshed. The Council should also consider the possibility of imposing an arms embargo and to address the dire human rights situation in Myanmar. Go to the Amnesty Website to TAKE ACTION:

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/c.jhKPIXPCIoE/b.2590179/k.C43E/Take_Action_Online/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&aid=9315&tr=y&auid=3037971

*** Avaaz: To convince the Chinese government and other key countries to respond, Avaaz is launching a major global and Asian ad campaign on Wednesday, including full page ads in the Financial Times and
other newspapers, that will deliver our message and the number of signers. Please sign the petition:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/t.php


*** The US Campaign for Burma is asking people to collectively gather 88,000 signatures from around the world, calling on Chinese President Hu Jintao to compel Burma towards valid national reconciliation. Sign the petition by going to: http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/uscampaignforburma/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=730&t=HomePage.dwt



Contacts
*** You can also email the EU President to strengthen the EU position on Burma, at
http://burmacampaign.org.uk/eu_action.html


*** You can send an email to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at [email protected], urging him coordinate a strong response to Burmese repression at the UN Security Council, and reminding him that waiting, as the UN did in Darfur and Rwanda, could cost untold suffering.


GET EDUCATED

For news, search Google or visit www.uscampaignforburma.org,
www.irrawaddy.org and www.mizzima.com.

View a 3:42 min. video overview of the situation in Burma. http://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPSsKcpxJMk

Eyewitness report: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/
article3007115.ece

Commentary by author Pascal Khoo-Thwe: http://
comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/article3007092.ece

Also, photos and stories of the point blank killing of a Japanese journalist, which has deeply shocked Japanese public:

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23414112-details/The+last+moments+of+photographer+gunned+down+by+Burmese+troops+as+nine+die/article.do

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23414112-details/The+last+moments+of$


Michael McGill
Just Children ~ waging peace
Just Children wages peace in developing nations impacted by civil war by mobilizing child peacemakers and transforming awareness into action.
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