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Women from Southeast Asia come to Dili to promote women and peace building agenda

(1 July – Dili) – “The Indonesian military raped women to subdue Timorese men, to reduce the commitment of combatants to the struggle for independence,” Ms Lita Sarmento shared at the international meeting held on 30 June to 1 July 2010 in UNMIT Obrigado Barracks in Dili. She said this after Ms Shadia Marhaban reported on the impact on women in Aceh of the 30-year conflict between the Indonesian Government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). “In one village (in Aceh), 40 women were raped. It was a strategy of the Indonesian military to cripple the Movement,” Ms Marhaban elaborated.

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On Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th Birthday

Makati City, PHILIPPINES June 19, 2009 — About one hundred activists and supporters of the Free Burma Coalition – Philippines (FBC-Phils) trooped to the SPDC Myanmar Embassy to celebrate the 64th birthday of Burma’s democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and to demand for her immediate and unconditional release from illegal detention.

Chanting the slogan, “Aung San Suu Kyi, Not Guilty!” the rallyists from the trade union, urban poor, youth/student, human rights workers and informal workers’ sectors brought with them floral arrangements bearing the words “NOT GUILTY” and a birthday cake with two candles formed in number 64. The activity is held as part of the simultaneous global actions celebrating Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday.

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s is not guilty, the junta is

The recent arrest and detention of Burma’s democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi poses a monumental challenge to how democracy should work in the world today.

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate is being tried on charges that she violated the terms of her current six-year house arrest. The charges came with only two weeks to go before the term of her house arrest expired.

She was supposed to be declared as a free citizen on May 27 but the junta has just found another reason to extend her detention period when an American war veteran swam across a lake in central Rangoon and spent a night at the waterfront villa where Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 13 of the last 19 years under house arrest.

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8,888 Petitioners From the Philippines Calling for the Release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

(Philippine participation to the global 888,888 petition of the FBPPN)

8,888 Petitioners From the Philippines Calling for the Release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and All Political Prisoners in Burma
(Philippine participation to the global 888,888 petition of the FBPPN)

The Free Burma Coalition-Philippines (FBC-Phils) and the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) wish to announce that it has reached the number of 8,888 faces and signatures as part of its campaign for the release of all political prisoners in Burma including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

As of the last count, close to 9,000 signatures, personality sketches, photos and messages of support were gathered by FBC-Phils and IID to conclude the 2-year campaign which began in late 2007 during the 2nd National Assembly of the FBC-Phils.

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Philippine Activists join Global Action for release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Makati City, Phils, May 19 — About 40 activists belonging to the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) and the Free Burma Coalition -Philippines (FBC-Phils) organized a rally in front of the SPDC – Myanmar Embassy in Makati City at 10:30 am today.

The activists denounced the ploy to extend the incarceration of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy and popular icon of the Burma democracy movement. They called for the immediate and unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all the more than 2,000 political prisoners in Burma.

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