Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been the beacon of hope and change for nearly two decades in Myanmar (Burma), will be celebrating her birthday on June 19th.
Though the celebration may be inhibited, as over 2,000 political prisoners remain in prison in Myanmar. Their conditions of detention are often inhumane and horrific; they have been convicted without the benefit of effective counsel or fair trials; and they have been convicted under vaguely worded laws that criminalize peaceful dissent.
Amnesty International members across the globe have urged the Myanmar authorities to unlock the prison doors and release all prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally.
We join with Yoko Ono in this birthday wish for Aung San Suu Kyi:
“Happy Birthday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi! Along with many others around the world, I was so happy to hear about your release from detention last November. My birthday wish for you and the people of Burma is that all prisoners of conscience still behind bars in Burma are released! A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.