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Petition for Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi and Cinema for Peace ask for your support to free the artists Zarganar and Kyaw Thu in Burma

Please take a minute to sign our petition,

At the 10th Cinema for Peace Gala AUNG SAN SUU KYI called on the film community to help to free and support fellow artists and filmmakers in Burma by signing this petition.

Burma’s most popular comedian ZARGANAR has received a prison sentence of 59 years which later was reduced to 35 years. Zarganar who since more than 20 years is one of the most active critics against the government already received punishment in the past and was imprisoned and tortured several times. In 2008 he was convicted for talking openly to foreign media against the government’s failure to aid the victims of Cyclone Nargis.

The Burmese actor and Myanmar Academy Award winner U KYAW THU suffers a similar fate. Though not imprisoned at the moment he is charged with a strict ban on working as an actor and director for opposing state censorship. Freedom of speech is tightly restrained in Burma: Much like Zarganar and U Kyaw Thu, countless artists are under arrest or prevented from working in their craft, because they engaged in humanitarian activities or criticised the government. Performers and artists are often at the front line in the fight for freedom of expression.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/cinema-for-peace-zarganar/ or send a signed version of this text to:
Cinema for Peace, Friedrichstr. 125, 10117 Berlin, Germany.
To President Thein Sein,

We, the undersigned artists and filmmakers, call for creative freedom in Burma, the immediate removal of work bans for artists and the immediate release of the artists U Kyaw Thu and Zarganar who currently are imprisoned for their political opinions and their commitment for their own country.

The Undersigned,


Click here to download our detailed information leaflet about Aung San Suu Kyi, Zarganar and Kyaw Thu.
If you require any further information, please contact the CINEMA FOR PEACE office by calling Carolina Zishiri +49.30.76.77.525.14 or via e-mail to carolina.zishiri@cinemaforpeace.com.
Aung San Suu Kyi's message - double click to enlarge
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