Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Petition to the UK Government

We the undersigned believe that the anniversary of the 1988 massacre that ended the uprising in Burma that year should not go unmarked by the British government.

Twenty years ago the people of Burma, led primarily by students, demonstrated peacefully against their military rulers asking for freedom and democracy. Their struggle continues to this day and conditions within the country are arguably worse than ever. Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy remains under house arrest where she has been for over thirteen years.

We are concerned that the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games, which occurs on the anniversary of the massacre, should not be allowed to completely overshadow this important day. It is being marked with unanimous cross-party support at Edinburgh City Chambers by a gala performance of “The Burma Play” supported by Burma Educational Scholarship Trust, Amnesty Scotland, Unison and the Cooperative Bank.

Gordon Brown has, on several occasions, expressed admiration for Aung San Suu Kyi and support for the aims of her party, the National League for Democracy.

We believe that the Prime Minister should officially mark the massacre that took place on the 8th of August 1988, and outline how his government is fulfilling its stated commitment to the democracy process in Burma, in a statement released on the anniversary date.

56 comments:

Andrew Jones said...

North Queensferry Fife

Anonymous said...

James Potter-Irwin - Tring, Hertfordshire

katy said...

Katy Hardie
Carnoustie
Angus

Tim Hudson said...

Tim Hudson, Manchester.

hugh said...

Dalston, London

Hannah Judge-Brown said...

Brighton, UK.

Anonymous said...

Rachel Lim - Queensland, Australia

Anonymous said...

Linda Keys, Edinburgh

Richard Hardie said...

Richard Hardie, Carnoustie, Angus

Anonymous said...

Fiona Smith, Southwater, West Sussex

Anonymous said...

Andy Smith, Southwater, West Sussex

Katharine whheler said...

Katharine Wheeler
25 Belmont St
Glasgow

Sheena said...

Sheena Hardie, Carnoustie

Craig said...

Craig Stephen, Dundee

Kath said...

Kath Bell, Carnoustie

Jim and Julie Maxon said...

Jim and Julie Maxon, Harewood, Leeds

graham said...

Graham Hardie, Linlithgow, West Lothian

Ewen said...

Eleanor Morrison
Leith, Edinburgh

by the seaside said...

Aline and Colin Wood
Northumberland

katie said...

i know you won't remember me but its Katie from the Ferry House in East Stockwith near Gainsborough. i'd just like to say that you are such an inspiration to so many people and i think that what you are doing is fantastic. i hope all is going well and that you have conquered what you se out to do. good luck
much love x x

Anonymous said...

Jon Simpson, Edinburgh

Anonymous said...

Jenny Patient, Sheffield

The PO Box Project said...

Hayla E.R. Abraham - London
Love-Balance-Justice

Oche said...

Robert McGuire, Glasgow

Anonymous said...

good to hear all is going well ewen, sorry to read about the brambles...lots of biglove Leighxx

Karen said...

Karen Findlay
Arbroath
Angus

Ian Findlay said...

Ian Findlay, Arbroath, Angus

Caroline said...

Carlonie Boon, Arbroath, Angus

Anonymous said...

Schonaid Lewis

Anonymous said...

Andy Dunnet, East Lothian

Anonymous said...

Matthew Gillies, York

Anonymous said...

Libby Brown, Edinburgh

myshele said...

Myshele Goldberg, Edinburgh

Anonymous said...

Lewis Hetherington, Glasgow

Kevin MacIsaac said...

Ewey, You are the stuff of legend and i hope your efforts are lauded and received with force.

andrew said...

andrew young, london

Annabel Rodger said...

Annabel Rodger, Edinburgh, UK

Anonymous said...

Lucy Bryant, North Yorkshire

Forthview Visits Thailand said...

The Burmese migrants in Mae Sot are grateful to you for raising awareness of them, Ewen. Hle Bee School, Mae Sot say thank you. Sheila Laing, Headteacher, Forthview Primary School.

Anonymous said...

Ian and Gill Davidson, Edinburgh

Anonymous said...

Elena Heatherwick, London

nikki said...

Nikki Kent

Edinburgh

Stephanie said...

Stephanie Grant Watford Herts

Anonymous said...

Natasha Morrison, Kingston Upon Thames, London

jimmyismad said...

James Morrison - chudleigh- devon

Anonymous said...

Sandra Brown, Isle of Lewis

Anonymous said...

Dennis Brown, Isle of Lewis

Sian Davies said...

Sian Davies, Norwich

Henry Layte said...

Henry Layte, Norwich

Jen Scott said...

Congratulations UE. We're thinking of you here in Devon and are in awe of your efforts. Love Jean xx

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well done to you and to elbo, love lorna xx

Anonymous said...

Sarah Armitage - Surrey & Thailand

Meg said...

Meg Watson, Edinburgh.

Sophie said...

Sophie Kyle, Scotland

Anonymous said...

Clark Campbell, Edinburgh

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your courage and attention on Burma and the Burmese people. One day, we hope to write what we want with our real names.
Simba