Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma

From CNN:

Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her nonviolent efforts to bring down the oppressive military regime that rules over the Southeast Asian country. She is under long-term house arrest in the city of Yangon.

The regime, led by General Than Shwe, has destroyed more than 3,000 villages in eastern Myanmar, formerly called Burma. More than 1.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes, and the regime has recruited more child soldiers than any other country in the world, Carrey says in his spot.

"People around the world need to come to her aid, just as they supported Mandela when he was locked up," said Jeremy Woodrum, co-founder of the U.S. Campaign for Burma, in a statement Tuesday.

"This announcement contributes to an upsurge in activism around Aung San Suu Kyi in the United States and throughout the world."

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