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    Helping Suu Kyi through mouse clicks

    A global internet campaign kicks off today, with support from world celebrities, to express support for Burma's detained political leader

    A new website calling for the release of Burma's democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and all of Burma's political prisoners, launches today with the backing of major celebrities and a coalition of NGOs and trade unions. The website will become the global hub of the international campaign to release the world's most famous political prisoner.

    The launch coincides with the day that, according to the Burmese regime, Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest expires. The UN has already ruled that her detention is illegal. More than 2,100 political prisoners are being held in Burma's jails. allows anyone to upload video, text, image or twitter messages of support to Burma's imprisoned democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. aims to demonstrate the scale of outrage over her continued detention by encouraging high profile individuals and the public around the world to write a 64 word message, a "64", that will be delivered on Aung San Suu Kyi's 64th birthday on June 19th.

    Organisations supporting the website include; Burma Campaign UK, Amnesty International, the Trades Union Congress, Not On Our Watch, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Open Society Institute and Avaaz. The site will launch with messages from high-profile supporters including George Clooney, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Vaclav Havel, David Beckham, Daniel Craig, and the British Prime Minster, Gordon Brown.

    British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown's "64":

    "I add my voice to the growing chorus of those demanding your release. For too long the world has failed to act in the face of this intolerable injustice. That is now changing. The clamour for your release is growing across Europe, Asia, and the entire world. We must do all we can to make this Birthday the last you spend without your freedom."

    Not On Our Watch's "64":

    "Nineteen years ago, the Burmese people chose Aung San Suu Kyi as their next leader. For most of those 19 years she has been kept under house arrest by the military junta that runs the country. We must not stand by as she is silenced again. Now is the time for the international community to speak with one voice: Free Aung San Suu Kyi."

    Signed by: George Clooney, Sec. Madeleine Albright, Wes Anderson, Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, Bono, Matthew Broderick, Sandra Bullock, James Carville, Michael Chabon, Daniel Craig, John Cusack, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Dave Eggers, Jake Gyllenhaal, Vแclav Havel, Helen Hunt, Anjelica Huston, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Ashton Kutcher, Norman Lear, Madonna, Mary Matalin, Sen. John & Cindy McCain, Rose McGowan, Orhan Pamuk, Sarah Jessica Parker, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Robert Rodriguez, Meg Ryan, Liev Schreiber, George Soros, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Naomi Watts, Prof. Elie Wiesel, Owen Wilson.
  2. Surely there is only one Iron Lady - and that was Maggie!

    However, I do support Suu Kyi, but I doubt it'll have any effect against the military dictatorship that is currently in power.