Clooney, Becks support Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi release campaign

May 27th, 2009 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI  

David Beckham London, May 27 (ANI): Global stars of the likes of George Clooney and David Beckham have joined hands with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for preparing a support message for Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Popular faces around the world have been asked to write 64-word messages of support for the political figure.

The message will be delivered on her 64th birthday on June 19.

Suu Kyi, who was first held under house arrest 19 years ago, and has spent almost 13 years as a captive ever since.

Currently, she stands accused of breaking the terms of her confinement.

The launch of the website is timed to coincide with the date her imprisonment should have stopped.

The website features a range of messages from various dignitaries around the world.

“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,” the Telegraph quoted Gordon Brown as saying in his message.

Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard, Kevin Spacey and Sarah Brown will also submit Twitter entries to the site.

Many celebrities, including Clooney, Beckham and ‘Bond’ star Daniel Craig, have signed a message from campaign group ‘Not on Our Watch’.

The message says: “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.” (ANI)

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