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Burma News Update from Burma Campaign UK

Aung San Suu Kyi Barred From Burma ElectionBurma’s dictatorship have finally published laws governing so-called elections later this year. The new laws ban Aung San Suu Kyi from taking part in the elections, as she has a conviction following the sham trial last year after an American man swam to her house. The Burma Campaign UK is calling on the United Nations Security Council to take action, as even countries sympathetic to the generals can no longer claim the elections will be free and fair. You can view our media release here.



Campaign Success! – UN Burma Expert Backs Calls For Inquiry Into War CrimesThe UN Special Rapporteur on Burma has called for a UN Commission of Inquiry into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Burma. For years the regime has been raping and killing civilians, recruiting child soldiers, and using hundreds of thousands of people as slave labour. Now we need to persuade the British government to support the call for a UN inquiry.

Take Action:
If you live in the UK, you can write to your MP asking them to sign a Parliamentary motion calling on the government to support an inquiry. Already 178 MPs have backed the motion.

Wherever you live, you can write to the British Foreign Secretary. 

Details on both actions are here.

Burma Campaign’s Zoya Phan Honoured As Young Global Leader
This month we have received some good news. Zoya Phan, International Coordinator of Burma Campaign UK, has been honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, famous for their annual economic summit in Davos. The award is a recognition of the effective work she does at Burma Campaign UK, campaigning for freedom in Burma. The Burma Campaign UK depends on the public for donations. Please make a donation today to support our work. You can donate online here.

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