Tuesday, October 2, 2007

TAKE ACTION! The Petitions for Burma

For those who care about human rights, please sign the NINETEEN(19) PETITIONS below if you have not done so already. Please take the 5 minutes to do this. It's easy and CAN and WILL bring concrete results to the suffering people of Burma.


1. AVAAZ is petitioning the UN and Chinese President Hu Jintao HERE.

2. AVAAZ also is launching a global boycott of Total Oil and Chevron and all their subsidiaries that operate in Burma HERE. By hitting them straight in their bottom line, AVAAZ hopes to press these corporations to either push Burma to democratic reform, or to leave the country entirely.

3. Also, please sign the US Campaign for Burma petition calling for China to withdraw support of Burma's military regime HERE.

4. Human Rights First is calling on ASEAN members to put pressure on Burma to stop the bloodshed now. Please sign before the ASEAN meeting on November 17th HERE.

5. The US Campaign for Burma is also calling on the UN Secretary General to help stop the torture, killings, and arrests HERE.

6. Call on Members of United Nations, Members of the European Union, All Political Leaders, All Head of States, and, All Dignitaries for immediate action on Burma HERE.

7. An appeal to the 15 members of the UN Security Council HERE.

8-9. Ask that Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon support the passage of a binding resolution requiring the restoration of democracy to Burma HERE. The Global Campaign for Justice in Burma's petition is asking that the Secretary-General investigate and collect proof of human rights abuses in Burma HERE. You can also email UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon asking for immediate UN intervention at inquiries@un.org.

10. Send a petition calling for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Burma, including Aung San Suu Kyi, to Senior General Than Shwe. Don't worry if one or two of these emails bounces back-the petition will go to 30 Burmese government ministries and Burmese embassies around the world- it probably means their inbox is already full of appeals. The petition, off musician Damien Rice's actionburma.com site is HERE.

11. Reporters Without Borders has a petition calling for the immediate release of Win Tin, one of Aung San Suu Kyi's mentors. You can sign the petition HERE.

12. Sign Earthrights International's petition urging Chevron to use its influence to help stop the crackdown, and to stop investing in Burma HERE.

13. Sign the Shwe Gas Movement's petition to halt South Korea's Daewoo from extracting gas in Western Burma until human rights are upheld HERE.

14. Amnesty International Canada's petition HERE is calling on Canadian Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier and the Canadian government to put pressure on the UN and ASEAN to help bring peace to Burma.

15. Burma Rivers Network's PETITION calls on the Chinese government to closely monitor Chinese companies that invest in hydropower and other extractive industries in Burma (and other countries). Nontransparent operation, poor oversight, and not keeping affect communities informed has led to environmental degradation and human rights abuses in Burma.

16. A petition calling on Canadian PM Steven Harper to act HERE.

17-19. For British citizens, please send the following 3 petitions "Support Burmese", "Democracy Burma," and "Boycott Olympics" to PM Gordon Brown. Get him to act now!

- If you know of any other petitions or pledges, email me at freeburmaactioncenter@gmail.com, and I'll add it ASAP.

- DONATE: The Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), founded and directed by Dr. Cynthia Maung, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, provides free health care for refugees, migrant workers, and other individuals who cross the border from Burma to Thailand. Its origins go back to the student pro-democracy movement in Burma in 1988 and the brutal repression by the Burmese regime of that movement.

You can help the clinic continue its work by either DONATINGor VOLUNTEERING.

- DONATE to Partners Relief and Development's 5 Alive Program. $50 can help keep a family of 5 IDPs alive for one month. Read more HERE.

- Help AVAAZ.org Break the Burmese Blackout HERE. The Burmese military has seen the power of global solidarity for the demonstrators--and has moved to shut down all communications with the outside world. As the images and stories have slowed, global media coverage of the Burmese crisis has lost its urgency.

But people power can beat the blackout. Donate below to send crucial technical support and equipment to Burmese civil society groups, and help return Burma's voice to its people. 100% of funds donated will go to Burmese groups--Avaaz will keep no portion.

- Join the Support the Monks' protest in Burma and the US Campaign for Burma Facebook groups. Check out Burma Watch's website http://www.burma-watch.org.

- You can also call and email the Chinese, Burmese, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Russian, South Korean, Malaysian, US, British,and French embassies. Demand that world leaders put sanctions on Burma until the junta upholds human rights. Call on MNCs to pull out of Burma.

- The Dirty List of companies doing business with Burma's junta, compiled by The Burma Campaign UK.

- The Clean List of companies that have either pulled out of Burma, or made a principled decision not to do business in Burma. It is not comprehensive, but does give a scope of how public outcry has led to corporate social responsibility. The list details the companies' reasons for pulling out or refraining from investing in Burma. Also compiled by the Burma Campaign UK.

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