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Petitioning Senior General, Myanmar Than Shwe

Call for the Immediate Release of Aung San Suu Kyi and All Prisoners of Conscience in Myanmar

Myanmar's military junta recently put Nobel Peace laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on trial on flimsy charges that could land her in the country's notorious Insein Prison for 5 years.

Suu Kyi has already spent much of the past 20 years under house arrest. Her prolonged imprisonment in Insein Prison, which has been referred to as the "darkest hell-hole in Burma," could effectively be a death sentence given her declining health.

Despite the long periods of confinement she's endured for the past 20 years, Aung San Suu Kyi's commitment to the struggle for human rights has been an unmatched symbol of hope to the people of Myanmar and an inspiration to those dedicated to justice and human rights the world over.

Don't let this be Suu Kyi's last stand.  Please call on Myanmar's leaders to free Aung San Suu Kyi and all other prisoners of conscience.

Letter to
Senior General, Myanmar Than Shwe
I write to you out of deep concern at the recent detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Insein prison. This arrest is the latest human rights abuse inflicted upon the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has been detained for 13 of the last 19 years, mostly under house arrest.

Aung San Suu Kyi and two female companions face trial in connection to an incident in which an American man allegedly swam across a lake to her house and stayed there for two days. Following this incident in early May, she was moved from house arrest to Insein prison, where she now awaits trial. I call on you to release Aung San Suu Kyi and the companions arrested with her, and I urge you to see to it that Aung San Suu Kyi is not returned to house arrest.

I am also worried about the recent decline in Aung San Suu Kyi's health. When her regular doctor, Tin Myo Win, visited on her on May 7, security forces prevented him from entering her house.  Upon returning home, he was taken away by the authorities, and his current whereabouts remain unknown. Please ensure that Aung San Suu Kyi receives the medical attention she needs, and please provide information about Tin Myo Win's status.

I urge your government to demonstrate Myanmar's commitment to human rights by ordering the immediate and unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other prisoners of conscience.

I thank you for your attention to this matter, and I look forward to your reply.

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