Message from USCB

Dear Maungmaung,
Zarganar is Burma's most famous comedian, and for his relentless commitment to speaking the truth he has served more than 11 years in prison. Now he is free (released October 2011 with conditions), and today we have a special video message from him to YOU, the amazing members of U.S. Campaign for Burma. 

In his own words he says, "Now, many political prisoners in Burma have been released, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you on behalf of my fellow former political..."You guys have been doing a great job!"  While he is free and able to travel around, Zarganar is also concerned about other political prisoners who are still in jail and he urges you all to "please continue your campaign for the release of all the remaining political prisoners immediately and unconditionally."

Upon his release, Zarganar was able to make an advocacy trip to the U.S. in February 2012. Khin Than Myint, a leading advocate for women's rights, and Bawk Jar, a Kachin activist, were also able to join Zarganar on this trip. The USCB secured many meetings for them with top U.S officials including
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council Samantha Power; Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma Ambassador Derek Mitchell; and Burma's long time human rights supporter and House's Chief Deputy Whip Congressman Joseph Crowley. He was also honored at Amnesty International's 50th anniversary comedy show The Secret Policeman's Ball in New York City.

As much as you have heard and read about the changes happening in central Burma, the situation in the ethnic areas hasn't changed. Widespread
human rights abuses continue despite the fact that Burma claims to have transitioned into the civilian government. Read this recent report from the
Free Burma Rangers about abuses that have happened in Karen areas since the so-called ceasefire agreement in January. USCB and the people of Burma still need your support as Zarganar says, "please continue your effort to help us achieve real freedom and sustainable national reconciliation in Burma." 

In Gratitude and Solidarity,

U.S. Campaign for Burma Team

Zarganar Message to US Campaign for Burma

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First, through a concerted, non-violent protest by all citizens of the country at home and international fora. If it is responded by repression and harsher measures, then, through an armed revolution. Such moves are sure to be supported by all democratic and peace loving countries of the world. (modest)

(The question for above answer was asked by Min Myo Naing using another name in June of 2006.)


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An exiled journalist from Burma, I have taken refuge in the United States with my family thanks to CPJ in New York, UNHCR (Cambodia) and the States Department. I was detained for one and a half year in 1969 for burning effigy of the late dictator Ne Win in the Rangoon University campus during SEA Games Strike. I was also actively participated in 8888 nationwide uprising by taking charge in publishing The Guardian Daily as independent newspaper for 22 days before I resigned from the newspaper as Assistant Editor in September,1988. Fortunately, I was escaped from arresting by the military regime. In 1990, I left for Bangkok where I had an assignment to translate the "Outrage: Burma's Struggle for Democracy". The book was originally written by Bertil Lintner, a Swedish journalist. I fled my country in December 2005 after my life was threatened by the military intelligence service for involving in political movements and had given assistance to foreign journalists who came to Burma. I am still active with the movement for restoring democracy in Burma.