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Daily Connect: Petition to U.S. Secretary of State Clinton for "Release of all Burma's political prisioners" from Burmese Monk in Brooklyn

This Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting Burma -- the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit the country in fifty years. 

U Pyinya Zawta, is a Burmese monk in exile, and Executive Director of the All Burma Monks' Alliance.  He spent ten years as a political prisoner in Burma, and now resides at the Metta Parami Monastary in Brooklyn, NY.  

He has put a petition together on Change.org calling for Secretary of the State Clinton to call for the release of political prisoners and put an end to hostilities in the region.

From the petition:

"Her visit is a way for the United States to assess the sincerity of the Burmese military regime’s commitment to human rights and democracy -- including democratic elections and the release of Nobel Peace Laureate and pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi..

...Secretary Clinton must push publicly for the release of all of Burma's political prisoners, including the venerable U Gambira, and she must insist on an end to hostilities in Burma, and insist on changes to the 2008 flawed constitution."

(Burmese Monks Protesting in September 2007.  Image via wikimedia)

The All Burma Monks' Alliance is one of the key networks reponsible for organizing the "Saffron Revolution" in 2007, a wide-scale peaceful demonstration against the military govt. of Burma that ended in the beating and death of several civilians and monks, and eventually the imprisonment of thousands.

You can support the petition online here.  

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