December 10, 2007

Campaigners in the UK are holding a demonstration to mark International Human Rights Day and call for urgent UN action to end the human rights violations in Burma.

The protest will take place in London on Monday 10th December, starting at 12.00 noon in front of 10 Downing Street, followed by a demonstration in Parliament Square. The demonstration will also include the closing ceremony of the 24 hour Vigil for Burma.

“Protests on the streets of Burma may have ended for now, but the atrocities committed by the military regime have not” said Ko Aung, a democracy activist and one of the organizers of the event. “Arrests continue every day, torture is routine, and out of sight in the jungles of Burma, the Junta has resumed its attacks on civilians of ethnic minorities”.

The demonstration will be calling for the United Nations Security Council to take urgent action to address the crisis in Burma and to do more to keep the pressure on the Burmese regime to end the human rights violations, to release all political prisoners and to start a genuine dialogue with Burma’s democracy movement for a transition to democracy.

“The international community must act now to support the human right defenders of Burma, including the many women detainees and activists and ethnic minorities out of sight in the jails and jungles of Burma,” said Zoya Phan, Campaigns Officer at The Burma Campaign UK. “The UN Security Council must pass a binding resolution that forces the regime to enter into negotiations with the democracy movement.”

The day of action is supported by the Women of Burma (UK), Burmese Democratic Movement Association, Christian Solidarity Worldwide and The Burma Campaign UK.

For more information, please contact Zoya Phan on 020 7324 14710

Note to editor: Stephen Crabb, chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission will address the rally. Other speakers are from Women of Burma (UK), Burma Democratic Movement Association, Christian Solidarity Worldwide and The Burma Campaign UK.


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