Friday, September 28, 2007

Burmese protesters

Burma is a country ruled by one of the longest running and most brutal military dictatorships in the world; a dictatorship charged by the United Nations with a “crime against humanity” for its systematic abuses of human rights, and condemned internationally for refusing to transfer power to the legally elected Government of the country – the party led by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.In response to calls from Burma’s democracy movement, the Burma Campaign UK and other campaign groups around the world have been pressuring companies to sever business ties with Burma.

The protesters in Burma are fighting for the right to live their lives free from oppression, to be able to gather and speak their minds freely. The mere fact of showing disapproval against their government is getting them killed. Stones against guns - they knew what was coming and yet still they gather, still they face their oppressors - knowing that someone's father, or cousin or brother or friend could die. William Hague urged the Government to act 12 months ago calling on the UN to tackle the problem in an article in the Indepedent in June 2006. For more information click onto Please contact the companies on their "dirty company" list who prop up and support this brutal regime.