miércoles, 11 de febrero de 2009

International artists launch awareness drive for Aung San Suu Kyi

Global artists from 27 countries are set to organize an international panel on Saturday in New York, to highlight conditions in Burma and create awareness about detained Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

The panel will not only focus on the humanitarian crisis in Burma and on imprisoned Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, it will also promote the sales of a book titled 'FREEDOM & ART', organizers said.

"The aim of the mission [project] is to free Aung San Suu Kyi," Glenys R. Flaitz, Public Relations Manager of the US-based FREEDOM&ART, which launched the Freedom & Art project, told Mizzima in an earlier interview.

The book 'Freedom & Art' is a compilation of images, artwork and quotes from 74 artists across the world. All proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to Amnesty International, on behalf of Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the group said.

The Mirca Art Group under its Freedom & Art project garners together a coalition of international artists and has been promoting awareness on Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and making a bid for her freedom.

The group said it had started the project since March 2008 and published the book in September. They will hold the panel discussion on February 14, 2009. "In USA, people know about Burma but they do not really know what is going on," Flaitz said.

The Panel Discussion will include former Newsweek General Editor Maura Stephens, photographer and activist Stacie Freudenberg, former political prisoner and Burmese activist Nay Tin Myint, filmmaker and photographer Jeffrey Hellman, and Burmese Fulbright Fellowship recipient and award-winning poet Kyi May Kaung will join the discussion via satellite.

"Honestly, we really hope to free her. It [the event] is meant to make millions of people aware of what is going on regarding Aung San Suu Kyi," said Flaitz.

Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of Burma's Independence Hero General Aung San, has been under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years.