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Nobel Peace Laureates Demand Freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi, Political Prisoners

Tuesday, December 23 2008, 11:20 AM EST

The Ninth World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which was held in Paris on 12 December to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, reminded the world of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's courage and strength and called for her freedom.

U Bo Hla-Tint of the NCGUB was there to deliver an address.

The following declaration was issued at the end of the summit:


We, Nobel Peace laureates, meeting in Paris on the occasion of the 9th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, wish to express our solidarity to our colleague Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1991, detained in her country for 17 years now.

We are here today to remind the world of her courage and of the strength of this woman who has been unceasingly fighting for the freedom of her people, for democracy in her country and for the respect of human rights of her fellow countrymen and countrywomen.

We set much hope on the efforts made by the international community and in particular by the United Nations, after September 2007 political unrest, to start a democratic and peaceful process of national reconciliation. Today, after 15 months, we feel at risk of losing a precious opportunity for peace in Burma.

Due to all these reasons, we, Nobel Peace Laureates, ask the European Heads of State and Government, the European Institutions and the United Nations to do their utmost to achieve the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political pirsoners and to force the Burma regime to start a peaceful reconciliation process in order to restore demoracy and the respect for fundameental human rights in this country.

The Nobel Peace Laureates
12 December, 2008 - Paris

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