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Prayers on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's b

Subject:       Prayers on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday

Dear Friends:

We are making a joint appeal to different religious organizations and 
institutions for special prayers for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday 
(June 18, 1995). Her birthday is on the 19th.

We'll be grateful if you can pass on our appeal to the institutions 
that you are familiar with.  Please feel free to make changes and to 
add (or remove the organizations) since you will be the one who's 
going to make the appeal.

The intent is to get the message to the religious institutions so as
to raise the awareness about Daw Suu and about Burma in general.

Thank you.

Soe Pyne

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June 1995


Dear Mesdames/Sirs:

The Burmese community, particularly those interested in peace, freedom 
and justice in Burma, are seeking the help of Churches and other 
religious institutions in the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan and 
India to hold a special prayer session for Burmese national leader and 
1991 Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi who, without any legal 
justification, has been kept under house arrest for six years by a 
military regime.

She has remained under house arrest and her husband and two sons are 
barred from visits because the military generals who seized power in 
September 1988 feel her popularity is a threat to them. The party she 
founded, the National League for Democracy, won a landslide victory in 
May 1990 over a party preferred by the military but the junta has 
refused to honor the results of the elections they themselves had held.  

The international community considers Aung San Suu Kyi the symbol of 
Burmese democratic movement.  Her dedication to the quest for peace and 
bring freedom to the people have inspired many at home and abroad. She 
has already been honored with a multitude of international awards and 

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi's 50th birthday falls on June 19, 1995 and Burmese 
communities worldwide as well as Burma support groups are holding 
various commemorative activities to mark the event.

We, the undersigned organizations, feel that since Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi 
is internationally well known for her advocacy of peace and freedom, the 
best commemorative activity would be to pray for her on June 18, Sunday, 
by different Churches and religious institutions.  We are therefore 
jointly appealing to you to help arrange a brief prayer session on that 
day. We hope that your reponse will be favorable to our request.

We are also enclosing a brief biography of Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi and 
comments from international organizations about her, and her brief 
writings for your information.

Yours sincerely,

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma
Asian American Civil Alliance (Florida) (AACA)
Aung San Suu Kyi Liberte' (Germany)
All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF)
All Burma Students League (ABSL)
Burma-Canada Society (BCS)
Burma Democratic Council (International)(BDC)
Burma Youth Volunteer Association (BYVA), Japan
Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in Burma (USA)(CRDB)
Democratic Burmese Students Organization (USA)(DBSO)
Foundation for Democracy in Burma (FDB)
Federation of Human Rights and Democracy (FHRD)(California)
Federation of Trade Unions of Burma (FTUB)
Laime Association (LA) 
National League for Democracy (LA)
Overseas Lahu Development Organization (OLDO)
Shan State Association (USA) (SSA)
United Front for Human Rights and Democracy in Burma (UFHRDB)
United States of Burma Relief Fund Committee (USBRFC)

The 1990 Rafto Human Rights Prize Commission: 
"Aung San Suu Kyi personifies Burma's mass movement for democracy.  
Through her courageous and devoted work for human rights and democracy 
Aung San Suu Kyi has become the focal point of the Burmese opposition 
demanding an end to the iron-fisted military rule in the country, 
restoration of fundamental human rights and democracy."

The European Parliament in awarding the Sakharov Prize:
"...A woman whose name has become synonymous with the non-violent 
struggle for freedom and democracy ... (she) has been imbued with the 
principles of freedom, discipline and self-sacrifice for which (her 
father) is always remembered by the people of Burma.  Like Gandhi, like 
Havel and like Andrei Sakharov himself, she knows that these values are 
much more powerful than the instruments of repression."

The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Commission:
"... Suu Kyi's struggle is one of the most extaordinary examples of 
civil courage in Asia in recent decades.  She has become and important 
symbol in the struggle against oppression.  ... the Commission wishes to 
honor this woman for her unflagging efforts and to show its support for 
the many people throughout the world who are striving to attain 
democracy, human rights and ethnic conciliation by peaceful means."

The Jury for the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding:
"After careful consideration of the numerous nominations received from 
all over the world, the jury has decided that the Award for the year 
1993 be given to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma..... The honor is in 
recognition for outstanding contribution to the promotion of 
international understanding, goodwill and friendship among the people of 
the world."

Aung San Suu Kyi's writings:
On May 14, 1992: In an acceptance speech for the Award of the 
International Human Rights Law Group, delivered by her son Alexander, 
Aung San Suu Kyi wrote: "The reestablishment of trust after a long 
period of bitter antagonism depends on a willingness by all to face the 
truth about deeds, emotions and attitudes which cause suffering and 
discord... The accceptance of the need to work towards the truth will 
open the door to true reconciliation which goes beyond token gestures of 
On May 9, 1993: The Joyce Perce Memorial Lecture, Towards a True Refuge 
written by Aung San Suu Kyi is delivered on her behalf by her husband 
Michael Aris.  In it she wrote "It is true that even the smallest light 
cannot be extinguished by all the darkness in the world ... but a small 
light cannot dispel acres of encircling gloom.  It needs to grow 
stronger, to shed its brightness further and further...We are so much in 
need of a brighter world which will offer adquate refuge to all its 

1.	1990	Honorary Fellow. St. Hugh's College (Oxford, UK)
2.	1990	Thorolf Rafto Award for Human Rights (Norway)
3.	1991	Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought (European Parliament)
4.	1991	Nobel Peace Prize (Oslo, Norway)
5.	1991	Honorary Member, International PEN (Norwegian Center)
6.	1991	Humanities Human Rights Award (USA)
7.	1991	Honorary Member. International PEN (Canadia Center)
8.	1992	Marisa Bellisario Prize (Italy)
9.	1992	Annual Award of the International Human Rights Law Group (USA)
10.	1992	Honorary President, Students' Union London School of Economics
		and Political Science (UK)
11.	1992	Honorary Member, International PEN (English Centre)
12.	1992	Honorary Life Member, University of London Union (UK)
13.	1992	Honorary Professional Fellowship, Law and Society Trust (Sri
14.	1992	Honorary Doctorate in Political Science, Thammasat University
15.  	1992	International Simon Bol ivar Prize (UNESCO)
16.	1992	Prix Litteraire des Droits de l'Homme (Nouveaux Droits de l'Homme,
17.	1992	Honorary Member, World Commission on Culture and Development 
18.	1993	Member, Academie Universelle des Cultures (Paris)
19.	1993	Rose Prize (Arbejderbevaegelsens Internationale Forum / 
		International Forum of the Danish Labour Movement, Copenhagen)
20.	1993	Premio Mujer Progresista (Federacion Mujeres Progresistas / 
		Spanish Federation of Progressive Women, Madrid)
21.	1993	Victor Jara International Human Rights Award (Center for 
		Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Los Angeles, USA)
22.	1993	Member of the Advisory Board, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center 
		for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University.
23.	1993	Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Toronto (Canada)
24.	1993	The Freedom of the City, Commune of Giugliano, Italy
25.	1993	Bremen Solidarity Prize (City of Bremen, Germany)
26.	1994	Honorary Doctorate, Philosophy & Letters, Free University of 
27.	1994	Honorary Adviser, Forum of Democratic Leaders in the Asia-
28.	1995	The Freedom of the City, Aversa, Italy
29.	1995	Liberal International Prize for Freedom, (UK)
30.	1995	Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Queen's University, Canada
31.	1995	Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding (for 
		1993), India
32.	1995	Gandhi Award, Simon Fraser University, Canada (to be awarded 
		in October)
33.	1995	Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law, University of Oxford 
		(awaiting collection in person)


1945		:	June 19: Born in Rangoon, Burma, as the daughter of 
			national leader General Aung San (assassinated July 19 
			1947) and Daw Khin Kyi; educated in Rangoon until 15 
			years old.

1960		:	Accompanied mother to Delhi on her appointment as 
			Burmese ambassador to India and Nepal; studied 
			politics at Delhi University 

1964-67		:	BA in philosphy, Politics and Economics, St Hugh's
			College,Oxford University (elected Honorary Fellow,

1969-71		:	Assistant Secretary, Advisory Committee on 
			Administrative & Budgetary Questions, United Nations
			Secretariat, New York.

1972		:	Research Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bhutan;
			married Dr Michael Aris, a British scholar.

1973-77		:	Birth of sons Alexander in London (1973) and Kim 
			(1977) in Oxford.

1985-86		:	Visiting scholar, Center of Southeast Asian Studies,
			Kyoto University.

1987		:	Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Simla

1988		:	August 15: Proposed the formation of a People's 
			Consultative Committee during the democratic uprising 
			in Burma.
			Sept 24: Co-founder, secretary general of National 
			League for Democracy

			July-October 1989: As leader of the NLD, delivered 
			over a hundred public addresses during extensive 
			campaign tours in Rangoon, Pegu, Magwe, Sagaing, 	
			Mandalay, Moulmein, Tavoy, Mergui, Pakkoku, Taunggyi,
			Kyaukpadaung, Monywa, Myinmu, Myitkyina, etc.

1989		:	July 20: The military regime that seized power from 
			the people on September 18 1988 placed her under house
			arrest in Rangoon under martial law that allows for 
			detention without charge or trial for three years;
			went on hunger strike to protect the students taken 
			from her house to the Military Intelligence 
			Interrogation Center; recognized as a prisoner 
			of conscience by Amnesty International.

1990		:	May 27: Despite her continuing detention, the National 
			League for Democracy won a landslide victory in the 
			general elections by securing 82 percent of the seats; 
			the military junta refuses to recognize the results of 
			the election.

			October 12:  Awarded -- in absentia	-- the 1990 Rafto 
			Human Rights Prize.

			December 19: In response to a call by UN Secretary 
			General Perez de Cuellar for her release, the SLORC 
			issued a statement that "should she wish to stay 
			together with her husband and children, she would she 
			allowed to leave Burma on humanitarian grounds."

1991		:	July 10 : Awarded - in abstentia - the 1990 Sakharov 
			Prize (human rights prize of the European Parliament).

			August 10:  The military regime retroactively amends 
			the law under which Aung San Suu Kyi is held to allow 
			for detention for up to five years without charge or 

			October 14:  Awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

			December 10: Aung San Suu Kyi's Freedom from Fear and 
			Other Writings published in London.

1992		:	The Nobel Committee revealed that "Aung San Suu Kyi 
			has established a health and education trust in 
			support of the Burmese people" to use the $1.3 million 
			prize money.

1993		:	Seven fellow Nobel Laureates flew into Thailand having 
			been denied entry into Burma.  From there they called 
			for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, visited refugee 
			camps an offered support to the democratic and ethnic 
			opposition of Burma.  They traveled on to Geneva to 
			repeat their appeal at the UN Commission for Human 

1994		:	January 21:	The military junta used another excuse to 
			continue the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi.  It says 
			she can be detained for up to six years under their 
			law.  Whilst the regime as a whole can choose to 
			detain a person for five years, the regime said an 
			extra year can be added by the decision of a three-
			member committee comprising the Ministers of Foreign 
			Affairs, Home Affairs and Defense.

1995		:     	July 19:  Aung San Suu Kyi's release is due on this 	
			date. But no one believes that the military will set
			her free.


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