New York, NY (PRWEB) October 11, 2007
The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity (EWF) released a statement signed by 70 Nobel Laureates (so far) expressing their outrage with the junta’s grave human rights abuses that have sharply escalated in Myanmar since September 27th.
Expressing their solidarity with the Burmese people, the Laureates denounce the oppressive rule of the military government whose ongoing violent repression of peaceful demonstrations led by monks and other demonstrators has resulted in an unknown amount of deaths and arrests.
The Laureates urge the international community, and particularly the countries with influence on the Burmese government, to apply pressure on the junta to secure basic democratic freedoms and to ensure the protection of human rights.
The statement also calls for the release of colleague Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been held under house arrest for much of the past 18 years as a result of her leadership of the pro-democracy movement.
EWF was established by Elie and his wife Marion, soon after he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986. EWF’s mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding, and equality.
Please click here to view the statement signed by 70 Nobel Laureates.
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