OSI Moving Walls 19 – Burma’s Fearlessness in NYC

A great week back in the big apple and saw the Moving Walls 19 opening reception being held in great style at the Open Society Foundations headquarters in New York City. The work ha sheen well received and looks great on the walls at OSF and its great to be partnered with them now to promote this issue even further. Below is a short clip of the opening night and some images of the installation. Thanks to all at OSF in the Documentary Photography Project and the Burma Project – here’s to the future.

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Oitzarisme – Creative, Film, Photography and Fashion

Online article on the Creative, Film, Photography and Fashion blog in Romania “Oitzarisme” – you can see the article here

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British Foreign Minister Stands With Burma’s Political Prisoners

Today an exclusive coup as British Foreign Minister Jeremy Browne joined the campaign to free Burma’s political prisoners. Standing with Amnesty UK Director, Kate Allen, he wrote the name of Mie Mie on his hand and stood to show his solidarity with the former political prisoners who are leading this campaign. Mie Mie @ Thin Thin Aye, a member of the 88 Generation Students, is currently detained in Katha prison serving a 65 years sentence. Kate Allen had the name of 88 Generation Student Htay Kywe written on her hand. He is also currently serving a 65 year sentence in Buthidaung prison.

Click on the Foreign Office website to read more.

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Radio Free Asia Interview at The Amnesty Exhibition

Just before the exhibition launched on Monday evening Radio Free Asia (RFA) did an interview with me about political prisoners and Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, also joined us. Thanks to Ma Aye Hnin Nyo for the interview – it was broadcast back into Burma on 24th June.

You can listen to it below by clicking on the icon:

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‘Burma Today’ Exhibition Interview

Interview with Ko Myint Hlaing, Editor-in-Chief of Burma Today following on from the exhibition at Amnesty International UK in London.

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U Win Tin’s Personal Message

Along with the letter that I received and that was published front page in The Independent newspaper, U Win Tin has issued a brief personal video message about this campaign as he comes face to face with himself on the front cover of Amnesty International magazine (May/June issue).

The video message is personal and so remains private, but for now here is a brief clip plus a still taken from the video:

You can also view a message U Win Tin issued for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her birthday here on the Foreign Office Facebook page.

U Win Tin – ‘Face to Face with my Hero’

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The Rights Exposure Project Interview

Click HERE to read the full interview (in other words me hopefully speaking coherently about Burma’s political prisoners)

For the Rights Exposure Project the concept is simple – to explore the use of visual media, primarily photography and video – in social activism. The project, started in January 2009 by Rob Godden, looks to engage with communities, organisations and individuals interested in using visual tools in innovative and effective ways to lever positive change. So a massive thanks to Rob for inviting me to do an interview – and apologies for taking so long to get the answers back to you in full!

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Caught on Camera: Burma’s Political Prisoners

Continuing the ongoing partnership with The Independent newspaper, a brief article and full gallery of images is posted on The Independent website ahead of the private view of the exhibition being held on Monday 21st June 2010 at Amnesty International UK headquarters in London. In total there are 21 portraits of former political prisoners that make up the exhibition at Amnesty International  – one for every year since Aung San Suu Kyi was first placed under house arrest.

You can read the article and view the exhibition images here: The Independent

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Roll Cameras and Action… A Short Film in the Making

This project is now well and truely being taken to the masses on a global scale. Amnesty International UK are now fully on board with this political prisoner work and it’s set to become a major part of their campaign work for Burma and obviously that means creating a huge amount of awareness of the political prisoner issue. The idea remains sacred in that former political prisoners are leading the way in demanding the release of their colleagues currently detained. What we want the world to do now is stand with them.

The last three weeks have been hectic beyond belief planning and meeting people and we’ve decided to make a short film about the project to date and incorporate a message to ask the world to stand with Burma’s former political prisoners and take action to demand the release of all those currently detained. The film will be released in late June/early July but for now you can see some of the behind the scenes photographs where Waihnin Pwint Thon, daughter of 88 Generation Student leader Mya Aye, joins in the campaign by writing the name of her father on her hand and taking action to stand with the former political prisoners who are leading the way.

To view full gallery of images click HERE

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Success Shared with The Irrawaddy

Firstly I must say a very BIG thank-you to everyone for their messages of congratulations. They are very heartfelt and I am so very grateful for all of your support. It’s a huge honour to receive recognition but it all really belongs to the people who the work is about. Following on from yesterday’s award success there were two more articles written today… keep the awareness levels rising is all I can say. So a BIG thanks to ‘The Irrawaddy’ who ran a really great article (cheers Colin) you can read the article here or click the image below for a pdf.

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