[R-G] WITNESS presents New Video on Burma's Silent Crisis
james m nordlund
realiteee1 at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 22 12:12:28 MDT 2005
On the eve of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi's 60th birthday,
WITNESS and Burma Issues announce the launch of a new video, "Always on
the Run." In the video, ethnic minority villagers inside Burma share the
impact of being forced to flee for their lives on their ability to care
for their families. It is estimated that over 500,000 people inside Burma
have been forcibly uprooted from their homes within Burma, creating a huge
population of internally displaced people or IDPs. "Always on the Run" was
filmed last winter just before government armed forces swept through the
area. It documents the plight of people caught up in one of the world's
most pressing yet silent humanitarian crises.
Watch the video and Act Now:
U.S. residents: Urge your local Congressperson to support IDPs inside
Burma as well as support the renewal of sanctions against the Burmese
government, by signing onto H.J. RES. 52 and S.J. RES. 18.
Activists everywhere: Call on the U.N. Secretary-General to urge the
Security Council to consider the situation in eastern Burma. Visit the
U.S. Campaign for Burma's website (www.uscampaignforburma.org) to join the
Global Day of Action for Aung San Suu Kyi, including participating in
"Arrest Yourself" parties, this Sunday, on June 19, where Burma
Issues/WITNESS videos will be screened to show solidarity with the people
of Burma who are struggling for justice, peace, and democracy. You can
order the compilation of video by WITNESS partner Burma Issues at
www.witness.org/store, by emailing orders at witness.org, or by calling
718.783.2000 ext. 320.
Also, tune in to the Sundance Channel on June 25 at 7pm to see the
award-winning documentary Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and
the News which focuses on the hand-held video camera revolution that put
the power of the media into the hand of individual activists around the
world. Seeing is Believing features interviews with WITNESS Executive
Director Gillian Caldwell and follows Joey Lozano, a WITNESS partner in
the Philippines. Check http://www.sundancechannel.com/ for details.
P.S. WITNESS is looking for a video editor with Spanish language fluency
for about 6 weeks, from July to mid August 2005, to edit a partner video.
For more details visit:
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in the US and Europe. For details visit:
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