What links Aung San Suu Kyi and Pussy Riot?

She does. There are other things too, like the fact that both Aung San Suu Kyi and Pussy Riot have been the subject of high-profile Amnesty campaigns and that their respective imprisonments by governments they had angered made headline news across the world and perhaps even their iconic head gear. But the most significant link was Aung San Suu Kyi’s call for the release of the three band mates last night, at an Amnesty event in Washington. The Times clocked it, they may well have been watching the event streamed live online, see here (£).

Yesterday the Burmese Nobel laureate took to the stage for a question and answer session that Amnesty had organised to inspire young people in America to take action for human rights. She adds her voice to the thousands of Amnesty supporters across the world who are concerned about the musicians. And here in the UK, it was our most talked about campaign on social media ever, last week.

If showing your support for Pussy Riot on facebook and twitter isn’t enough, from Monday a t-shirt designed by celebrated visual artist David Shrigley will be available to buy, in striking pink.

It’s available from www.amnestyshop.org.uk - and all proceeds from sales will go towards Amnesty’s human rights work. I wonder if we’ll see Daw Suu Kyi sporting one.

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I couldn't get the link to work - Here's direct link to website though http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/video/2012/sep/21/aung-san-suu-kyi-pussy-riot-video

ryanbestford 5 years ago

Oh! It ain't working on the Guardian website either.

ryanbestford 5 years ago