"Free Burma's Political Prisoners Now !"
On 13 March, Burma’s Human Rights Day, a global signature campaign will start. Free Burma’s Political Prisoners Now! is jointly run by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) and the Forum for Democracy in Burma, and aims to collect 888,888 signatures before 24 May 2009, the legal date that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi should be released from house arrest. There are currently over 2,100 political prisoners in Burma.
The petition calls on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to make it his personal priority to secure the release of all political prisoners in Burma, as the essential first step towards democracy in the country. The target symbolises 8.8.88, the day the junta massacred some 3,000 people who courageously protested in Burma’s largest democracy uprising. Over 100 pro-democracy groups in exile and Burma solidarity groups around the world will work together to take global popular action for the prisoners.