Walk For Freedom

Athein & Zaw Min Htwe will march 3,000 Miles from Portland,Oregon to New York UN office at 1st March 2008

The Petition


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On August 8, 2008, Athein will present the following petition to the offices of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, and the UN Security Council. As the Burmese military junta is preparing to consolidate its power through a new constitution and referendum, it is essential that the international community and the United Nations act to protect the lives and liberty of the Burmese.

Please sign the petition and add your voice to those calling for freedom and human rights in Burma.

Petition for the Freedom and Liberty of Burma

To: His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations
New York, New York 10017

CC: Representatives of the United Nations Security Council

In 2007, monks and civilians took to Burma’s streets demanding change, and were met with violence and intimidation. Thousands of monks have been arrested, tortured, or ‘disappeared’ by the ruling military junta. On August 8, 2008, China will celebrate the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics – 20 years to the day that the Burmese military gunned down over 3,000 peaceful protesters in streets of Burma. As a symbol of peace and cooperation, it is ironic that the Olympics will begin on such a tragic anniversary, when the people of Burma have had no chance to participate in the peaceful development enjoyed by China and other nations of the world.

An estimated 650,000 people have been displaced in Burma and 3,000 villages have been destroyed by the government. The military junta routinely commits human rights abuses such as forced labor, forced recruitment of child soldiers, land confiscations, and rape as a weapon of war. Ethnic minorities are targeted for assimilation and violence.

Burma has one of the world’s largest military, but this force is only used against its own people. Still, Burma’s neighbors continue to sell the SPDC weapons that perpetuate this violence, and continue to push development projects that will result in further human rights abuses. As the junta is preparing to consolidate its power through a new constitution and referendum that has been widely denounced by opposition groups, it is imperative that action be taken immediately to enact true democratic progress and national reconciliation in Burma.

We call on the SPDC to take the following steps:

1. Allow freedom of speech and respect the human rights of all Burma’s citizens.
2. Release all political prisoners.
3. Cease fighting with ethnic minority groups along the border as well as all aggressive military activities in current ceasefire areas.
4. Transition to a civilian government and the democratically elected parties of the 1990 elections.

We urge the United Nations Security Council and all member countries of the United Nations to take the following steps to protect the people of Burma:

1. Impose a universal arms embargo on the Burmese military junta.
2. Impose sanctions on the financial transactions of Burma’s ruling military elite.
3. Recognize the genocide being committed against Burma’s ethnic minorities and take all necessary steps to save the lives of targeted civilians.
4. Hold the ruling military generals accountable for their crimes against humanity.

We are calling on the members of the United Nations to make peaceful political change and reconciliation in Burma a priority, and to take all necessary steps to protect the people of Burma from the oppression and violence of the military junta.
Sincerely,

The Undersigned

Click here to add your signature to the petition and let the world know that it must not forget the people of Burma.

64 Comments »

  1. Dear Friends of Freedom,

    I want to thank you for your courage and commitment in this noble endeavor. With every step you take across the three thousand miles of this beautiful country you take another step closer to the freedom of the Burmese people and the growing awareness of people all over the world. Please keep us posted as you travel. Your experiences will serve to advance your cause.
    Peace,
    Stefan Andre Waligur
    http://www.songsofpeace.net
    http://www.speakingofpeace.blogspot.com

    Comment by Stefan Andre Waligur | March 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. UNSC,

    DO ACTION NOW ON BURMA! SAFE BURMA!

    Comment by KoKo Oo (Chicago City) | March 11, 2008 | Reply

  3. Dear Friends,
    I thank you all for your work and help for our country. I believe that there is something change in Burma.

    Comment by Pwint lay nyo | March 11, 2008 | Reply

  4. Freedom, democracy, peace and human dignity!

    Comment by Nicole Barker | March 12, 2008 | Reply

  5. in my long march experience, from northern burma to southern burma, it took me six months, alot of fighting and a lot of pains,. but strong sprit is very important. we believe that u can do alot more than I say. goahead with strong sprit. remember that kabarmakyae.we( student’s army) fully support u. we back u.

    Comment by kachinkyawkyaw( All Burma Student's Democratic front (NB) | March 12, 2008 | Reply

  6. Admirable two, your families are always proud of what you guys are doing.

    Comment by YAN KIN | March 12, 2008 | Reply

  7. All the best of luck to you on your journey.Freedom WILL come to Burma.”When injustice becomes law,resistance becomes duty”

    Comment by Glenn Benson | March 12, 2008 | Reply

  8. revolution and revolutionist base on deligious, brave, strong sprit which can cause development and sucess. do not give up ur aims and object. your’s attempts is very very benificial for burma’s freedom. we believe that.

    Comment by tun lwin | March 12, 2008 | Reply

  9. We support you and we are proud of you. Thank you for doing this for Burma

    Comment by Goldie Shwe | March 13, 2008 | Reply

  10. keep going!

    Comment by mike | March 15, 2008 | Reply

  11. I am proud of you guys.

    Comment by wyne maw | March 15, 2008 | Reply

  12. please keep on going. we are all cheering for you! freedom for burma and all of there people!

    Comment by Wai Hnin Oo | March 15, 2008 | Reply

  13. i want to thz u for ur doing. Good luck for u two.

    Comment by nay thurein | March 18, 2008 | Reply

  14. Go on my friends for our country,
    Go on my friends for our Nation,
    Go on my friends for our Democracy,
    Go on my friends for your courageous and strong spirit
    We all are support you and we all are proud of you.

    Comment by U Maung | March 18, 2008 | Reply

  15. YOur for Myanmar. I be with you .

    Comment by Justin kto | March 18, 2008 | Reply

  16. this is why all Human Right Fighter and Freedomfighter should sign the petition

    Unforgettable Moment

    FREE BURMA

    Comment by jud | March 21, 2008 | Reply

  17. Zaw and Athein, you two are real-life army strong freedom fighters. Every step you make counts! Go brothers go….go for it. (Ko Athein, thanks for answering my call!)

    Comment by SSG Aung, Tin W. United States Army | March 22, 2008 | Reply

  18. I am very pleased that My daughter Kailee & I got to meet you today. We are so proud of you & pray that you will find the strength to complete this mission!!!!! I hope too that others will look for you on your journey & be kind to you also, you are in our thoughts & prayers….Lorraine

    Comment by Lorraine Guotill | March 24, 2008 | Reply

  19. please keep on going. we are all cheering for you! freedom for burma and all of there people!We all are support you and we all are proud of you.

    Comment by Lwin | March 24, 2008 | Reply

  20. We are very proud of u. Be strong.

    Comment by Shwe Man Thu | March 24, 2008 | Reply

  21. Freedom, democracy, peace and human dignity!
    Zaw and Athein, you two are real-life army strong freedom fighters.

    Comment by myat | March 24, 2008 | Reply

  22. Appreciate your effor for our nation’s freedom.

    Comment by Naing Linn | March 25, 2008 | Reply

  23. Take good care of yourself, hope you will have a safe and sound trip.

    Comment by Scopion | March 25, 2008 | Reply

  24. WE support u

    Comment by Minn Kyaw | March 25, 2008 | Reply

  25. Salute

    Comment by Victoria | March 25, 2008 | Reply

  26. I am very moved by your hard work. Thomas

    Comment by Thomas L. | March 25, 2008 | Reply

  27. Dear friends,

    I do believe you will win and not so far to our goal.

    With respective salute,

    Thiha, Chauk

    Comment by Thiha Win Shein | March 25, 2008 | Reply

  28. Please keep walk and work on and more confident on continuously what you’re going to participate.

    Comment by Saomaee | March 25, 2008 | Reply

  29. Every Body Must be do Like this. I proud of him and burma.

    Comment by biggest | March 25, 2008 | Reply

  30. Every body has responsibility for the freedom of their own country.

    Comment by thiha | March 26, 2008 | Reply

  31. FREE BURMA.

    Comment by kk | March 26, 2008 | Reply

  32. WE SHELL OVERCOME NEAR FUTUR.

    Comment by Ko Nyo | March 26, 2008 | Reply

  33. Peace for all,

    Comment by Hla Myint | March 26, 2008 | Reply

  34. FREE BURMA

    Comment by ZEYAR MG MG | March 26, 2008 | Reply

  35. i like this.

    Comment by kyawsoemoe | March 26, 2008 | Reply

  36. I support!

    Comment by han win | March 27, 2008 | Reply

  37. we need peace and democracy , tks for ur walk

    Comment by aung moe myint | March 27, 2008 | Reply

  38. Cheer brothers, carry on! It’s great, I respect your efforts.

    Comment by Myo Kyaw | March 28, 2008 | Reply

  39. Today I want salute to young protesters inside, they step up for democracy .

    “We wore T-shirts decorated with ‘Resolutely Oppose’ and ‘NO’ stickers. We also displayed anti-fascist movement flags, sang the national anthem and shouted slogans of ‘Release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’ and ‘Release political prisoners’ as well as ‘We don’t want a referendum'”,
    mizzima.com

    Keep on Walking… inside and outside Burma
    Take care, cu soon

    Comment by jud | March 28, 2008 | Reply

  40. That is true ways on working for freedom,
    I wish to you as freedom from emotions

    Ashin candobhasacara
    BUFFALO
    C 716 512 3801

    အရွင္စေႏၵာဘာသာစာရ

    Comment by Ashin cando Bhasacara | March 29, 2008 | Reply

  41. Keep going fighting peacock.I’m very proud of you two. I can not join your march in person because of my health but I farmly support you guy’s effort. I’m from A.B.S.D.F (205) back in 88. If you can e-mail me your route and where you are right now,I try to find out who live on your path and I let them know you guys are comming. Even though we live apart we all are brothers and sisters. Ride on brothers!

    Comment by Maung Chit | March 29, 2008 | Reply

  42. ခင္ဗ်ားတို ့လုပ္ရပ္အေပၚ အားေပးေနမယ္.. ဆက္လက္တိုက္ပြဲ၀င္ၾကပါစို ့

    Comment by ကိုသင့္ | March 30, 2008 | Reply

  43. To my heroes,
    Your struggle has been recorded in the history of world’s freedom and democracy.
    Those who were born in Burma and living outside the country, where it’s much freer should follow suit.
    Our brothers and sisters inside the country are dying by struggling for our future.
    ABSDF is everywhere around the globe. Why should we consider, next time, to walk across the country, every country around the world, at same time to achieve more awareness and attention of the world.
    In solidarity.

    Comment by Salin | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  44. To all freedomfighters,please askyou friends and family to sign the petition.We must get off this Junta.
    WHY???
    In yet another example of the junta’s continuing brutal crackdown on dissidents, sources say Burmese authorities on Tuesday arrested two more Burmese opposition members.
    http://www.mizzima.com
    solos protester sentenced to life in prison (breaking News)

    Comment by jud | April 3, 2008 | Reply

  45. Your working , wish to freedom on Burma.
    I really proud your beliving, walk on.

    အရွင္ေခမိႆရ
    နယူးေယာက္

    Comment by Ashinkaymatethara အရွင္ေခမိႆရ | April 4, 2008 | Reply

  46. brabo cheer

    Comment by myo win zaw | April 4, 2008 | Reply

  47. “WAIK ON” My pleasure and honor talking to you Zaw and Athein of 8888.
    Listen,wether you complete this trip or not,it dose’nt matter.
    It’s the thought and spirit that counts.I admire your courage love and sacrifice for our Motherland, especially the two glorious Flags you carry on your shoulders,what a lovely sight to see.
    Time will tell and you will be highly remembered(recognized)in this long and difficult journey to Democracy.
    Freedom fighter ’72
    Lashio Thein Aung.

    Comment by Lashio Thein Aung | April 6, 2008 | Reply

  48. W-alk for freedom
    A-thein’s and Zaw’s tough decision
    L-ove and sacrifice for our motherland
    K-eep hope alive.

    O-n this journey of Democracy
    N-ever say die till you’re dead.

    Freedom Fighter’72
    Lashio Thein Aung(a)Jimmy Jack.

    Comment by Lashio Thein Aung | April 6, 2008 | Reply

  49. free form military junta,

    Ashin kamatethara

    Comment by Ashinkaymatethara အရွင္ေခမိႆရ | April 6, 2008 | Reply

  50. I am proud you guyes.YOu are a hero. And you two are breave men. Don’t be stop “WALK ON” THE ROAD ARE FREE WAY FOR YOU TO GO TO THE DEMOCRACY. YOU ARE GOOD NEW GENERATION YOUTH IN THIS WORLD. BUT I WANT TO HELP YOU BUT I CAN’T HELP TO WALK IN THIS TIME WITH YOU TWO.
    I SUPPORT TO YOU TWO KEEP WALKING. AND I HOPE YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU WANT FOR THIS LIFE IN THIS TIME.
    YOU TWO ARE SAME WITH “RED PEACOCK” ALWAYS FLYING AND NEVER STOP!
    NOW I CAN JUST GIVE YOU COMMENT FOR YOUR ENERGY..
    FREE BURMA!! FREE AUNG SAN SUU KYI!! FREE 88 STUDENTS!!
    FREE BURMA NOW!

    Comment by boboburma(aka) freedomfighter | April 7, 2008 | Reply

  51. Keep up the good work! All the best to you both!

    Comment by parvin G | May 3, 2008 | Reply

  52. Hi my comrades your walk is affortble for our country and our people.You have concensus one another actually.

    Comment by Htun Htun | May 3, 2008 | Reply

  53. We hope and pray for your success to be free of military rule that has no humanity.

    Comment by Ralph Leto | May 20, 2008 | Reply

  54. We pray that Burma may be restored to the people.

    Comment by Jane Leto | May 20, 2008 | Reply

  55. Athein & Zaw Min Htwe,
    I hope you are doing fine. I’m really proud of you. You walked over 2000 miles already. Then you met about 5000 people on walk. But the signature show 1214.Need to have more signautre to get stronger petition. Some people signed twice haa to wipe one too. There are millions Burmese in third countries who against Burmese military junta. Why don’t they sign your petition. They also like to do their own way! might be. Lots Burmese don’t like SPDC and against Military Junta. But we could not have unity. If we unite under one flag we will win. Bring unity to the end of your trip in UN. Open this web pages. They walk 4000 miles too.
    http://www.longestwalk.org

    Comment by Than K Htay | May 31, 2008 | Reply

  56. My fellow brothers-keep on walking to reach our hopes and dreams..We are all here because of the bad rulers.. I am with you brothers.. FREE BURMA! FREE BURMA! FREE BURMA!

    Comment by Thant Zaw Aung | June 10, 2008 | Reply

  57. keep on walking and go for the right things.Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it.When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another

    Comment by Phyo Ma | June 10, 2008 | Reply

  58. keep on walking and go for the right things.Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it.When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another

    Comment by Phyo Ma | June 10, 2008 | Reply

  59. Kudos on your determination and passion! It’s truly inspiring to see people like you actually take action to fight for a cause you believe in.

    Comment by Eva Lim | July 18, 2008 | Reply

  60. I AM IN FULL SUPPORT – YOU GUYS ARE DOING AN AMAZING THING. I HOPE FOR CHANGE! LET’S ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT IS RIGHT! WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS – LET’S NEVER FORGET IT!

    Comment by Fraser McGregor | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  61. I am also support this guys. Thanks you very much for their ability.

    Comment by မ်ိဳး၀င္းေဇာ္ | July 31, 2008 | Reply

  62. Athien

    So proud of you guys. I want to sign my support. where and how.

    Hughes family of Hartleton. PA

    Comment by Laurie Hughes | August 6, 2008 | Reply

  63. Athein
    I called 2 New York Senators, 2 Pennsylvania Senators, our Representative and some state officials voicing my concerns and support on your behalf. We are remembering you and your people. George Washington had no experience when he took on the huge war machine of Britain in 1776. When it was all done the sacrifices made along with the great support of humble American colonists and much needed support from foreign countries overcame great odds and won the Revolutionary War – stopping the British abuse of authority against the colonists. Freedom has come at a price and continues to come at a price. We believe in freedom and democracy for the Burmese people. I hope to hear how your petition is received. I’ll look for an update on your site.

    Hughes Family, Hartleton, PA

    Comment by Hughes | August 8, 2008 | Reply

  64. where are you now? Please update your latest news…

    Comment by odyssey | August 17, 2008 | Reply


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