This website was established while I was a Member of Parliament. The site content is being kept online as a source of information, but all forms / email have been disabled.

4 October 2007

Burma oppression must stop

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today called on international leaders to take tough action against the Burmese government ahead of a global day of action for the Burma campaigners this Saturday.

Mr Barrett called for increased sanctions following the latest violent crackdowns on peaceful pro-democracy protests in the Burmese capital. Reports today suggest that many thousands of monks and pro-democracy campaigners have now been imprisoned.

A global day of action has now been called by Burma campaigners for Saturday October the 6th, twenty days since the monks first took to the streets. In Edinburgh, 'Run for Relief in Burma' is being held this Saturday, 6th October at 11am in the Meadows.

Mr Barrett has today written to the Foreign Secretary urging him to ensure that the international community does not forget the people of Burma.

John Barrett said:

“Burma is ruled by one of the most brutal military dictatorships in the world, it is incumbent on the international community to take decisive action and not merely watch this crisis unfold from the sidelines.

“We need tough sanctions and a united diplomatic front against this tyrannical regime. China and India have a crucial influence on the regime in Burma and they must use that influence constructively and in support of international action to protect the human rights of the people of Burma.”

“I would encourage anyone who feels strongly about this issue to consider taking part in the 'Run for Relief in Burma' this Saturday in the Meadows – this will be a chance to show our solidarity with those who are putting their lives on the line for democracy in Burma.

 

Notes

Anyone wishing to take part in the Run for Relief in Burma can register online at the website runforburma.org or turn up on the day.
For more information, please contact:
Nick Hurlburt Tel: 07773 360247
Email: info@runforburma.org

Related items

Keywords:
international

Click on a keyword to find other pages with the same keyword.

This website was established while I was a Member of Parliament. The site content is being kept online as a source of information, but all forms / email have been disabled.