From Burma Campaign UK <[email protected]>
Subject Wear Blue for Burma’s Forgotten Political Prisoners
Date April 18, 2020 2:16 PM
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Will you wear a blue shirt for Burma’s political prisoners?

Dear John

There are almost 200 political prisoners in jail in Burma. Almost 400 more activists face trial and possible detention at a future date.

Aung San Suu Kyi, as de facto leader of the NLD-led government, has the power to order the release of all political prisoners through a Presidential pardon. Her majority in Parliament gives her the power to repeal all repressive laws.

You can read more about Aung San Suu Kyi's forgotten political prisoners in our new briefing here. ([link removed])

Burma’s jails are overcrowded and a dangerous place to be during the Covid-19 pandemic. Political prisoners should not be in jail in the first place, and now face even more danger because of the pandemic.

'Blue Shirt Day'
U Win Tin was one of Burma’s most well-known political prisoners. He served nearly 20 years in jail and after his release famously pledged to keep wearing his blue prison shirt until all political prisoners were released.

21^st April is the 6th anniversary of his death, and on this day people around the world are joining forces, pledging to wear a blue shirt and join the call for the release of all political prisoners in Burma.

Please join us.
Wear a Blue Shirt for Burma’s Political Prisoners on 21st April

On 21st April, we call on people to take action for the release of political prisoners still in jail.

Please wear a blue shirt or blue clothing and post pictures of yourself wearing blue on social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Let people know that there are still political prisoners in jail in Burma, and that they need our support.

Please use the hashtag: #blueshirt4burma

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“If there are no political prisoners …
I will take off my shirt but up until now I haven’t seen good indications.”
U Win Tin

Put the date in your diary now. Wear blue. Tell people why. Share a picture on social media. Use the hashtag: #blueshirt4burma

We can’t let political prisoners be forgotten in jail.

Thank you for your support.

Mark Farmaner
Burma Campaign UK

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