Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced again

Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced again

The Burma Nobel Prize Winner and human rights activist, Aung San Suu Kyi (pronounced Chi) has been sentenced once again to another 18 months of house arrest. She has spent 14 of the last 20 years in Burma either in prison or under house arrest, even though she won a democratically held election back in the 90s. Over against the hue and cry of world opinion, the Burma military state refuses to unconditionally release her, when there were no legitimate grounds for arresting her in the first place. Yet, she is gifted and graced with an indomitable spirit, passionately striving for justice and peace, and democracy in her native land. U2 recently paid her tribute in this YouTube video, which really rocks, check it out here. Amnesty International honoured Aung San Suu Kyi this year with the Ambassador of Conscience award. Readers can call for her release by signing AI’s petition here. Thank you! May God grant Aung San Suu Kyi her long awaited freedom and may God bless all of her endeavours to continue the righteous quest for peace, justice and democracy in Burma.

Burma

Most readers are aware of the tragic situation in Burma as they try to recover from the devastating cyclone. The response of the military junta has been far too slow and hard-hearted. Finally they have agreed to let the international community in to offer disaster relief. You can help too by supporting organisations like Canadian Lutheran World Relief and the Evangelical Lutheran Church In Canada’s Global Hunger and Development Appeal. You can call CLWR to donate at: 1.800.661.2597 or visit: www.clwr.org/donate . You can call ELCIC’s GHDA to donate at: 1.888.786.6707 or visit: http://elcic.ca/GHDA. Most NGOs of this nature are highly trustworthy; even supported by the Canadian International Development Agency; and do excellent work—respecting the cultural values and dignity of the recipients; while efficiently managing resources to keep administrative costs at a minimum and ensuring that the appropriate assistance reaches those in greatest need.