I received the good news at 6:43 am this morning via text message: Aung San Suu Kyi is finally free in Burma! Even though it was really early on a Saturday, I was happy to get the news. Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in Burma (or Myanmar, as it’s officially known) for the past 7 and a half years, and has spent more than 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest. She has been adopted as a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
Amnesty International members and our allies have been working for her release and we’ve written many letters, circulated many petitions and held many rallies and events over the years, including the one above as part of AIUSA’s Western Regional Conference in San Francisco last week.
Our work is not done, however. Burma (or Myanmar, as we are to refer to it as Amnesty International members) still has over 2,200 political prisoners, many of them also prisoners of conscience, in prison solely for exercising their right to peacefully protest. Take action with this link to call for the freedom of Myanmar’s prisoners of conscience!