THE Eastbourne Branch of Amnesty International is very pleased to announce the first of its new season of meetings at 10.30am on Saturday December 18 at the Parish Rooms of Our Lady of Ransom Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne.
We are beginning the season by concentrating on the campaign for justice in Burma. All of us who are involved in Amnesty International welcomed the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. However, it only marks the end of an unfair sentence that was illegally extended and it is by no means a concession on the part of the authorities.
We have to remember that human rights violations in Burma are widespread and systematic. At the end of 2008 there were more long-standing political prisoners behind bars than at any other time since the mass pro-democracy uprising in 1988. Among those 2200 imprisoned are the most senior opposition leaders.
There are laws that criminalise peaceful expression of political dissent; people are frequently arrested without warrant and held incommunicado; judicial proceedings against political detainees fall short of international standards for fair trial and torture is common, especially during interrogation.
Amnesty International is a movement of ordinary people standing up for democracy and human rights. Our purpose is to protect individuals wherever fairness, justice, freedom and truth are denied. The local Amnesty group would welcome new members and old to support the Burma Campaign. We look forward to seeing you on December 18.
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