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Burmese Rights Groups Launch Petition on Prisoners བོད་སྐད།


Burmese rights groups have launched a campaign to collect more than 800,000 signatures for a petition to the United Nations on Burmese political prisoners.

The petition calls on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to make releasing political prisoners in Burma his personal priority.

More that 150 Burmese rights group are working together on the signature campaign.

The rights groups say they are aiming to collect 888,888 signatures to symbolize the date August 8, 1988, when hundreds of thousands of Burmese protested for democracy. That protest ended with a military crackdown that rights groups say left 3,000 people dead.

Democracy activists in Burma say the military government has released 29 prisoners this year. However, more than 2,000 political prisoners are believed to still be held, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The rights groups say they hope to collect their target number of signatures by May 24th, the date that Aung San Suu Kyi should legally be released from house arrest. Burma's military government routinely extends her detention.

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