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Aung San Suu Kyi wins election

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Since 1962 Burma has been ruled by a military junta which suppresses all dissent. They stifle the voices and activities of human rights defenders, independent journalists, members of the Buddhist clergy, humanitarian activists and of numerous artists. Many are still imprisoned or banned from working simply for their opposition to the government, for peacefully demonstrating or for engaging in humanitarian activities.

Over her more than a quarter century ongoing battle for a free Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi has become a global icon for her nonviolent campaign for democracy and human rights. Being one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia and being a symbol for all Burmese that are suffering political oppression, she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

Even if Suu Kyi spent over 15 years between 1989 and 2010 under detention or house arrest she stayed in the position of General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), the leading opposition party in Burma.

In response to international pressure, led by the UN, the United States and the leaders of ASEAN, the Burmese government had to grant an ending of Suu Kyi´s house arrest by the date of Burmese general elections that were held on November 7th 2010. However the government managed to extend the detention of Suu Kyi and released her six days after the widely criticized general elections in Burma which had been boycotted by the National League for Democracy.

When it became clear that national by-elections were to be hold on 1st of April 2012 to fill 45 vacant parliamentary seats, Aung San Suu Kyi announced that she and other NLD members would participate in the election. After the election, the NLD communicated that Suu Kyi had easily won the vote for a seat in Burmese Parliament and that the party had obtained 40 out of the 45 vacant parliamentary seats. Aung San Suu Kyi stated that “It´s the people´s victory!”

Cinema for Peace is a long-standing supporter of the Burmese liberation and Aung San Suu Kyi´s struggle for democracy and human rights.

In 2009 Burma VJ-Reporting from a closed Country achieved the International Human Rights Film Award at the Cinema for Peace Gala and gained highly recognition amongst critics and the international press.

In 2010 the Cinema for Peace Foundation secured the funding of the documentary This Prison Where I Live after the original funding in the UK had collapsed by introducing Rex Bloomstein, the director of the movie, to Michael Mittermeier, Germany´s most famous stand up comedian. Bloomstein and Mittermeir travelled secretly to Burma and made a film about the then enjailed Burmese Comedian Zarganar. He got arrested in 2008 and sentenced to 59 years in prison for criticizing the military government’s slow response to Cyclone Nargis that killed 138.000 people.

At the occasion of the 10th Cinema for Peace Gala in 2011 Aung San Suu Kyi dedicated her video message to emphasize the need for help to release all of the political prisoners in Burma. As a response to Suu Kyi´s message, Cinema for Peace started a petition to call for the release of Zarganar, which 12.000 people signed until he got released in October 2011.

Aung San Suu Kyi received the International Human Rights Film Award 2012 together with Luc Besson´s movie The Lady, a movie about Suu Kyi´s life and struggle for justice.

Cinema for Peace congratulates Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD for her achievements in the fight for democracy and freedom in Burma. Our two Trailers of the Day shall emphasize our ongoing support to the Burmese liberation.

Speech of Aung San Suu Kyi after the by-election

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Movie Trailer Into The Current

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The documentary tells the story of Burma's unsung heroes - its prisoners of conscience - and the price they pay for speaking truth to power in a military dictatorship. Movie screenings will be hold in Europe in May 2012.

 

The International Human Rights Film Award Winner 2012 The Lady and Aung Sang Suu Kyi

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