Burma: New radio project to mark Aung San Suu Kyi's release

Two days after the release of Aung San Suu Kyi Amnesty has announced the launch of a project to deliver thousands of radios to the people of Burma.

Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, said:

“While Amnesty International obviously welcomes the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, we should remember that millions of people in Burma are still denied essential rights such as freedom of expression, association and assembly.

“Aung San Suu Kyi’s release should not blind the International community to the brutal reality of life for ordinary people in Burma. A reality where the military attempts to brutally suppress any political dissent, where torture remains commonplace and where the media is still heavily censored.”

Amnesty is today expanding its campaign to bring more freedom of expression, association and assembly to the people of Burma by providing free radios to communities hungry for independent information about the realities in their country.

Amnesty are asking the public to donate online   so that the organisation can buy thousands of radios, which will be distributed to people who will benefit from this most simple yet useful of communication tools.

Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, added:

“Despite the severe restrictions placed on access to information in Burma, media organisations in exile are able to broadcast directly into the country. These broadcasts are a vital source of independent information for people in Burma and Amnesty is amplifying their reach through its Radios for Burma project. “
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