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Burma Campaign UK
Hello and Welcome from Wai Hnin Pwint Thon
My Name is Wai Hnin Pwint Thon.
I am a refugee from Burma and I work as a Campaigns Officer at Burma Campaign UK.
On 20 October 2012 I will be skydiving from a plane to raise funds for Burma Campaign UK so we can continue our work to end all human rights abuses in Burma.
When I was four, I first saw my father, a democracy activist, through prison bars during the first of two long incarcerations. When I was growing up I always wondered why my father could not be with us. I am 23 years old now but I had only 9 years of being together with my father. Whilst he is one of the lucky ones who has been released this year, many hundreds still remain in prison and others are sick after years of torture and abuse. As a daughter of a former political prisoner, I know how it feels to be separated from a family and I know how much they suffer even after their releases.
I do not want any children or families to go through this fear and separations. I am determined to bring freedom and family reunions for all jailed political activists in Burma.
I am jumping to raise funds to campaign for the release of all political prisoners in Burma and also to provide direct help and support to those prisoners who have been released.
Please support me by sponsoring my jump. Your help will give enormous encouragement to them that they are not alone in this struggle for freedom in Burma.
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About Burma Campaign UK
Burma’s military-backed government has one of the worst human rights records in the world. The Burmese army rapes, loots, burns, tortures and kills. It spends billions of dollars on the military while the population goes without access to proper healthcare, education and food. Fake elections held by the regime in November 2010 brought in a new military drafted constitution which legalised dictatorship with a civilian front. A Parliament was created, but it is dominated by pro-military parties and the military have 25% of the seats. This means the military can veto any efforts in Parliament to try and make the constitution more democratic. While there have been some small reforms in Burma and there is potential for change, there hasn’t been real change yet. In fact, human rights abuses have increased. The number of ethnic people forced to flee their homes because of human rights abuses and conflict has tripled since Thein Sein became President to over 300,000. Out of sight in the jungles, attacks continue in Shan, Kachin and Karen states and there has been a big increase in the use of gang rape by the Burmese army.
Burma Campaign UK is part of a global movement working for the promotion of human rights, democracy and development in Burma. As part of a global campaign, we persuaded the United Nations Security Council to discuss Burma for the first time. As a result, the Security Council demanded the release of all political prisoners. We persuaded the British government to double aid to Burma and to fund cross-border aid in order to reach ethnic people that the regime doesn’t allow aid to be delivered to, which will save and improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. We have generated thousands of stories about Burma in the media, ensuring the world does not ignore the crisis in Burma.
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