The Nobel Women’s Initiative Delegation hosted a media briefing on 25 July 2008 at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. The Delegation led by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams and activist-actor Mia Farrow called the briefing after spending the last week in Thailand, at the Thai-Burma border meeting with survivors of cyclone Nargis as well as women’s groups and community organizations. Members of the international press attended the briefing.
“Please use your liberty to promote ours.”
Aung San Suu Kyi
This week Delegation members collected testimonies from survivors of the cyclone, prisoner rights groups, women’s groups and civil society organizations. Mia Farrow said “these are the views we should be listening to. It is unacceptable that the people of Burma, already suffering after years of repression, should now be dying from starvation and disease. It is long past time for some semblance of accountability and transparency. The people of Burma deserve nothing less.”
Mia Farrow also stated that the world should use the upcoming Beijing Olympics as a platform for demanding that China end its support for Burma’s military junta. “China must use its unique position with Burma– its business alliance, its seat on the UN Security Council -not to protect its own interests, but to effect change and to improve human rights in Burma.”
- Mia Farrow Calls for Global Pressure at Olympics for Burma, The Irrawaddy, 25 July 2008.
- Farrow: Nations Should Protest China at Olympics, Associated Press, 25 July 2008
- Mia Farrow Slams Myanmar Post Cyclone Rights Record, AFP, 25 July 2008
- Burma: Females hit worst by cyclone Nargis, IPS, 27 July 2008
- Mia Farrow calls for global pressure at Olympics, International Herald Tribune, 25 July 2008
- Quarter of aid to Myanmar lost, Al Jazeera, 28 July 2008
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