Friday, May 22, 2009


Burmese freedom fighter and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been under government-sponsored house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years. As Suu Kyi awaits an upcoming trial on May 18th on charges meant to extend her imprisonment, Not On Our Watch has organized an international statement calling for her release. Luminaries from across the cultural, political, and social spheres, including Not On Our Watch founders George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, as well as Bono, Madonna, Steven Spielberg, Nobel Laureates Professor Elie Wiesel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Senator John McCain, among others, have united to demand that the Burmese military regime free Aung San Suu Kyi now.

The statement and full list of signatories follow below.


Nineteen years ago, the Burmese people chose Aung San Suu Kyi to be their next leader. And for most of those 19 years she has been kept under house arrest by the military junta that now runs the country. She is the world’s only incarcerated Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Yesterday Suu Kyi was taken to Burma’s Insein prison to face criminal charges as part of a concerted plan to deny her freedom.

We must not stand by as she is silenced once again. Now is the time for the United Nations and the entire international community to speak clearly, and with one voice: Free Aung San Suu Kyi.
In support,

1. Anjelica Huston
2. Archbishop Desmond Tutu
3. Ashton Kutcher
4. Bono
5. Brad Pitt
6. Daniel Craig
7. Dave Eggers
8. David Beckham
9. Drew Barrymore
10. George Clooney
11. George Soros
12. Helen Hunt
13. Jake Gyllenhaal
14. James Carville
15. John Cusack
16. Julia Roberts
17. Liev Schreiber
18. Madonna
19. Mary Matalin
20. Matt Damon
21. Matthew Broderick
22. Meg Ryan
23. Meryl Streep
24. Michael Chabon
25. Naomi Watts
26. Nicole Kidman
27. Norman Lear
28. Orhan Pamuk
29. Owen Wilson
30. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro
31. Peter Gabriel
32. Prof. Elise Wiesel
33. Robert De Niro
34. Robert Rodriguez
35. Rose McGowan
36. Sandra Bullock
37. Salman Rushdie
38. Sarah Jessica Parke
39. Scarlett Johansson
40. Sec. Madeleine Albright
41. Sen. John McCane and Cindy McCain
42. Steven Spielberg
43. Wes Anderson
44. Václav Havel




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