Help free labour activist
Su Su Nway belongs to the National League for
Democracy, which is led by Nobel Peace Prize winner
and prisoner of conscience Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Su Su
Nway is serving a sentence of 8 ½ years for taking part in political protests.
Mass anti-government protests occurred across
Myanmar in August and September 2007. Su Su
Nway participated in a street rally against sharp
increases to fuel prices increases. She narrowly
avoided arrest and went into hiding. On 13
November 2007, when she put up an anti-
government banner near the Yangon hotel where
the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in
Myanmar was staying, authorities arrested her. A
year later, the North Yangon District Court
convicted her of treason and offences that relate
to damaging “public tranquillity” — charges
commonly used to criminalize peaceful political
Su Su Nway
Su Su Nway is 38. She suffers from long-standing Photo credit: www.dvb.no
heart and high blood pressure problems.
Conditions in Hkamti Prison, where she is being held, make them worse. One media
source reported in July 2010 that she had been ill with malaria and gout. Amnesty
International fears she is not getting medical care, clean drinking water or enough food.
Her punishment includes occasional periods in solitary confinement.
The prison is nearly 2,000 kilometres from the capital Yangon where her family lives.
This makes it difficult for relatives to provide Su Su Nway with visits, food, medicines,
and clothing. Even when the relatives try, officials sometimes refuse to give her those
On 6 December 2006, the Canadian organization Rights and Democracy honoured Su Su
Nway with the John Humphrey Freedom Award “for her inspiring efforts to hold
Burma's military junta accountable for its forced labour practices”.
Amnesty International considers Su Su Nway to be a prisoner of conscience, detained
only for peacefully expressing her beliefs. We are calling for her prompt and
Please write to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Start your message with Dear Minister.
Describe who you are.
Ask the Myanmar government to free Su Su Nway without conditions or
While she awaits release, ask him to make sure she is not mistreated and
has her basic needs met (name two or three listed in the third paragraph).
Address your message to
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bldg. (19), Naypyitaw
Union of Myanmar
Mail your appeal with $1.70 postage,
email to email@example.com or
fax to 011 95 67 41 2336 or 01195 67 41 2395.
Please send a copy to
Mr Aung Ba Kyu
Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Myanmar
85 Range Road, Suite 902/903
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8J6
Send your copy by mail with $.57 postage or fax (613) 232 6999.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right includes freedom to hold
opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any
media and regardless of frontiers.