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Show support to Burma!

Press Release 

Show Support for Burma

Where: Parliament Hill & Myanmar military embassy at 85 Range Rd (near
Strathcona Park)
When: August 7 at 9:30 am to 11:30 am - Parliament Hill, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Burmese and Canadian democracy supporters will hold a series of actions in its
remembrance of the eleven year anniversary of the August 8, 1988 massacre by
the military of Burma against its own people. Beginning in the morning of the
7th of August, a rally will take place on Parliament Hill. This will be
followed by a wreath laying ceremony on the hill and an information table on
the Byward Market on George Street beside the Bay, where petitions will be
waiting, asking the Canadian government to stop the corporate flow of dollars
to Burma’s junta by implementing full economic sanctions and calling for
support of Burma’s democracy movement. Then we will march to the Myanmar
embassy and demonstrate from 1pm to 2:30pm.

Burma, a country of almost 50 million people is currently under brutal and
oppressive military rule. On August 8, 1988, the people of Burma protested the
actions of their government, which resulted in a brutal crackdown ending in
almost 10,000 civilian deaths. Two years later, in 1990, the military held
elections, where the National League for Democracy, the party of Nobel
Aung San Suu Kyi, won 82% of the seats in the parliament. Unfortunately, the
military refused to honor the results and declared the elections void.
The Burmese military regime is internationally recognized for its systematic
oppression of its people. Atrocities such as rape, extra-judicial killings,
forced labour, child labour, and torture are widespread. 
* In 1999, the International Labor Organization (ILO) voted to de facto expel
Burma from its rank for its pervasive use of forced labour. 
* Since 1994, resolutions have repetitively been adopted by the UN General
Assembly and the UN High Commissioners for Refugees requesting improvement of
human rights standards and for the restoration of the legitimately elected
* In commenting on the current political repression to the 55th session of the
United Nations Commission on Human Rights this past March, Aung San Suu Kyi
said "...what we have suffered over the last year is far more than what we
suffered over the last six or seven years."

For more information, call the Ottawa Burma Roundtable 237-8056 

Canadian Friends of Burma
145 Spruce St.#206
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 6P1
Tel: 613-237-8056	Fax: 613-563-0017
email: cfob@web.net	www.web.net/~cfob
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