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Amnesty International Asks Radio Stations To Play U2 Song

Posted on Saturday, June 07 @ 03:11:34 CEST by Macphisto
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(channel3000.com) -- Human rights advocates are asking local radio stations to play U2's "Walk On" and tell their listeners about a Nobel Peace Prize winner and her entourage who have been missing in Myanmar (also known as Burma) since last week.

U2 dedicated the song to Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has reportedly been held incommunicado with several others since a politically motivated violent incident Friday.

"Amnesty grassroots members are approaching radio station DJ's all over the world asking them to play 'Walk On,' which U2 dedicated to her on their 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' CD," said Angie Hougas, Wisconsin's Amnesty International coordinator. "This worldwide action is to show our solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi and her constant efforts to improve human rights and repressive conditions for the people of Myanmar (Burma)."

Hougas said that local radio stations playing the song will raise awareness of human rights violations around the world.

"We know Myanmar is a brutal regime, and the people live under great repression," Hougas said. "By radio stations playing 'Walk On' and giving a short statement, it will call people's attention to the most recent escalation of violence and repression of the Myanmar people. It will let listeners know of the urgent concern for Suu Kyi's safety as well as the safety of 100-plus other National League for Democracy members, including students and monks, taken into custody and held incommunicado with Suu Kyi since 30 May. We are hoping listeners will go to http://www.aiusa.org to learn more."

The National League for Democracy is oppressed even though it won the majority of votes in the 1990 elections in Myanmar, which is in Asia, next to India, China and Thailand.

Myanmar's military rulers said Tuesday that democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was not hurt but remains in "protective custody" following a bloody clash between her supporters and pro-government demonstrators.

"The authorities must institute a full and independent investigation into alleged grave human rights violations that occurred on 30 May 2003 and bring suspected perpetrators to justice," AI organizers said in a statement. "The whereabouts and fate of members of the political opposition who are reportedly missing must be made public immediately."

Amnesty International is asking the ruling State Peace and Development Council to release those who are being held and immediately make public a list of those who have been detained -- including their whereabouts and the legal basis for their detention -- and grant them access to relatives, lawyers and medical care.

The group was reportedly demonstrating against the political party at Yawayoo when they were attacked in Upper Myanmar. Officials said four people were killed and 50 injured. Amnesty International said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's group was attacked by 500 soldiers, police, and prisoners from Mandalay Prison, who reportedly shot at them with catapults and beat them after they drove around the side of a road block.

A special U.N. envoy said he would visit Myanmar this week and hoped to meet Suu Kyi, though it's unknown whether military rulers will allow the meeting.

In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, President Bill Clinton awarded Aung San Suu Kyi the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom for promoting democracy through dialogue in 2000.

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