Burma’s Defiance: The Non Violent Revolution For Change

New Work Part 1

Burma’s non-violent revolution for change, as Aung San Suu Kyi called for just days after her release from house arrest, continues inside Burma and in exile as former student leaders, political prisoners, human rights defenders and activists continue the struggle for democracy against the tirade of brutality and oppression dealt by Burma’s ruling regime.

This ongoing long term project will document those leading the non-violent revolution for change in Burma both inside the country and in exile with a mixture of portraits and documentary. Currently the majority of work from inside Burma is embargoed to protect the security of those involved with only some able to be shown.

View the first instalment of work on BURMA’S DEFIANCE

Bo Kyi, Joint Secretary of the AAPP, was jailed for 7 years due to his political activities.

Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma have chosen the route of non-violence in order to bring about change in Burma. Many would argue that it is a fight that cannot be won against a regime that uses weapons at will, but here in this article, Mark Kurlansky, best selling author of ‘Nonviolence: the History of a Dangerous Idea’ tells how it will eventually prevail in Burma.

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“Yayzan Lan” A Documentary Film About Burma’s Political Prisoners

A new documentary film directed by Jeanne Hallacy and co-produced by the Democratic Voice of Burma and in partnership with the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) is due to be released in April 2011.

 

For Further details please view the official website

“Yayzan Lan” or “Into The Current” tells the story of Burma’s unsung heroes – its prisoners of conscience – and the price they pay for speaking the truth to power in a military dictatorship.

Using footage secretly shot in Burma, the film uncovers the stories and sacrifices of ‘ordinary’ people of exceptional courage and the leaders who inspire them. Former prisoner Bo Kyi and an underground team work tirelessly and often at great risk on behalf of their 2,100 jailed colleagues.

While they and countless others fight on, the dream of a free Burma remains alive.

The film will be screened at the FCCT club in Bangkok Thailand at the end of March 2011.

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Human Rights Award for Political Prisoner Activist

Tonight Ko Bo Kyi, joint secretary of AAPP, will be presented with the Human Rights Watch “Alison Des Forges Award” for Extraordinary Activism at the annual HRW dinner in London. We all enjoyed a brief re-union this afternoon at LSE in London where he gave a speech about Burma’s political prisoners.

Click here to download Ko Bo Kyi’s speech

Bo Kyi spent more than seven years in Insein prison, many of those spent in solitary confinement. He founded the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) with other former political prisoner colleagues on 23 March 2000, the 11th anniversary of the arrest of 1988 student leader Min Ko Naing. The AAPP is an independent, non-profit organization that monitors the situation regarding political prisoners in Burma, including human rights violations, persecution and intimidation to both current and former political prisoners and their families. Through international lobbying and advocacy as well as reporting and campaigning, since AAPP was founded in 2000, it has been able to provide help to hundreds of political prisoners.

Full details of the award can be found on the Human Rights Watch website.

Ko Bo Kyi

Bo Kyi

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