Baby Sunshine was 4 months old when her father was arrested, following the pro-democracry protests in Burma. 16 months later her mother Nilar Thein was also behind bars - for 65 years
Baby Sunshine was 4 months old when her father Jimmy (Kyaw Min Yu) was arrested, following the pro-democracry street protests in Burma.
Sunshine's mother Nilar Thein was distraught.
Distraught about the fate awaiting Jimmy and distraught because she knew they would be after her next. She knew she had to get away.
She also knew it was not safe to have her daughter with her.
Making the most painful decision of her life, she bade farewell to her baby, leaving her in the care of elderly grandparents and went into hiding.
Every day was a day of danger for Nilar Thein, as she constantly moved around, frightened to stay in one place for long.
Every day her painful breasts were a constant reminder that Sunshine was hungry for her milk.
Every day she yearned to go and visit Sunshine, knowing if she did so the security services would be waiting.
"How can I express my terrible feeling of missing my baby?" Nilar Thein said from her hiding place.
For over a year Nilar Thein stayed on the run.
Not in silence.
From her hiding places, she continued to appeal to the international community, urging action to resolve the grave human rights abuses women suffer under the military regime in Burma.
"Only if we end this bad system will the future of Burma's people, including my daughter's, be bright," she said.
"I love my daughter, but I also need to consider mothers fleeing with their children and hiding in jungles, such as in Karen State because of the civil war," said Nilar Thein.
"My suffering is very small compared to theirs".
When Sunshine was sixteen months old, Nilar Thein was arrested.
Three months later, she was sentenced to serve 65 years in prison.
Alone in their seperate prisons, Nilar Thein and Jimmy have seen little or nothing of baby Sunshine since that grim month of 2007.
Please help Nilar Thein and other mothers unjustly detained by the military regime of Burma (Myanmar) by signing this petition.
"Women with their capacity for compassion and self-sacrifice, their courage and perseverance, have done much to dissipate the darkness of intolerance and hate, suffering and despair. "
Aung San Suu Kyi
Given the regime's notoriously vindictive treatment of activists, Nilar Thein is at serious risk of torture and ill-treatment.
I call upon the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to do all within his power to intervene and demand the immediate release of Nilar Thein, Thet Thet Aung, Thin Thin Aye (Mie Mie) and all other mothers unjustly imprisoned by the military regime of Burma (Myanmar).
Furthermore, I call upon the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, and the UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders to visit all women human rights defenders to ensure their well-being, demand their immediate and unconditional release and also to investigate abuses against women in Burma.