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Action on Burma

Issue 411

Give your active support to organizations that lobby on behalf of the issues that matter to Burma’s people.

“Please use your liberty to promote ours” - *Aung San Suu Kyi*.

Join the dots
Here are just some in reader countries:


Australia Burma Network

Australia Campaign for Burma


Burma Campaign UK


Canadian Friends of Burma

Burma Watch International

Burma Forum Canada


Burma Action Ireland

New Zealand/Aotearoa

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

United States

US Campaign for Burma


Web campaigners

An extensive list, including groups providing humanitarian support, can be found at


Numerous small local groups do community work, hold public information meetings and gather funds for projects that will help the people of Burma. Why not approach like-minded people to start one of your own? Some of the organizations listed above give tips on starting up and how best to contribute.

Spread the word

  • International media attention harms the regime and reminds people within Burma that they have not been forgotten. Write to your newspaper on Burma issues and remind them that there is no peace in Burma even when things appear ‘normal’ on the outside.

  • Write letters or organize petitions to political representatives and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon asking them to press for an arms embargo on Burma at UN level.

  • Humanitarian aid going to Burma through international agencies is severely hampered by the restrictions placed on staff by the military regime. There is a crying need for cross-border aid sent via neighbouring countries directly targeting vulnerable communities in Burma. Political activists in the country also need financial support in order to equip them better to face problems. For example, a cellphone which costs upwards of $2,000 in Burma can be a lifeline to an activist in hiding. Write to your country’s funding agencies to press for this kind of highly effective ‘unconventional’ aid.

Don’t buy it

Let international corporations that invest in Burma know that they have got blood on their hands and you won’t be buying their products. Get an extensive list of such corporations from Burma Campaign UK

Two oil giants in particular are playing a large part in propping up the regime and there are boycotts against both of them.
The campaign against Total can be found at and inspirational images of protests, including pickets at filling stations, can be viewed at
The Chevron boycott is at

Olympic switch-off

There’s little doubt that China’s support for Burma’s generals – as investor, weapons supplier and diplomatic protector – is crucial for their survival. Burma’s 88 Generation Students’ group of political activists has called for a boycott of the Olympics in China which are due to start on 8 August – the 20th anniversary of a major massacre of democracy protestors in Burma.
For details visit

Get the knowledge

Follow developments in Burma via these exhaustive web resources:

BurmaNet News
Daily news articles gathered from the world’s media.

Online Burma Library
Lives up to its name by providing over 15,000 reference documents – including facsimiles of propagandist state news media.

The Irrawaddy ( and Mizzima News ( With content provided by Burmese journalists (mainly in exile), these offer analysis and news.

“I think by now I have made it fairly clear that I am not very happy with the word ‘hope’. I don’t believe in people just hoping. We work for what we want. I always say that one has no right to hope without endeavour, so we work to try and bring about the situation that is necessary for the country, and we are confident that we will get to the negotiation table at one time or another. This is the way all such situations pan out – even with the most truculent dictator.” - *Aung San Suu Kyi*.

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