Tonight, Students for a Free Tibet Canada was invited to speak at the Women’s Freedom Vigil in Toronto, organized by the Canadian Campaign for Free Burma.
This event featured a music performance and several notable guest speakers in honouring Aung San Suu Kyi and all women defenders of human rights.
Here is information posted on the CC4BC website detailing the event and giving a summary about the current political situation in Burma:
June 19, 2010 is Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday, the 15th birthday she is celebrating under house arrest. People around the world are taking this opportunity to draw the world’s attention to the situation in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi is an icon of peace, democracy, perseverance and faith in the goodness of humanity. She represents the struggle of all the women of Burma. She has called on all of us to use our liberty to promote the liberty of all Burmese. It is our responsibility to support her and the people of Burma.
The ruling military junta in Burma has planned elections that will take place later this year; elections that are a total sham as they have sidelined Aung San Suu Kyi, 2200 political prisoners and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). The NLD won 82% of seats in the May 1990 elections but they were never allowed to convene parliament. Under the military junta’s new election rules, the party no longer exists.
The freedom vigil commemorates the 15 years Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Laureate and honorary Canadian Citizen, has spent without her freedom, honours all Burmese women and hopes to persuade the Government of Canada to consider the Burma issue at the G-8.
The following are some pictures from tonight’s event.
Thank you to Zaw and all the organizers for inviting us to this event. It was a beautiful, bitter-sweet ceremony, and I truly hope that next year we’ll be able to celebrate this event alongside with Aung San Suu Kyi.
*Some photo credits go to Brennan O`Connor, NOMAD Photos www.nomadphotos.ca