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Remember Burma! New Uniting Church Moderator to speak at rally to mark 1st Anniversary of the Saffron Revolution

Posted: September 29th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: WA Synod | Comments Off

The new Moderator of the Uniting Church in WA, Rev Ken Williams, will address a rally
tomorrow marking one year since Burma’s ‘Saffron Revolution’: the monk led demonstrations held in September 2007. The event will be his first public engagement since he took on the role last Friday.

There are more than 2,000 political prisoners in Burma, with more than a third of these
imprisoned for their participation in the 2007 protests.

“The Uniting Church actively supports the campaign for freedom and democracy in Burma.

Western Australia has the largest Burmese community in Australia and we share with them our hope for peace, justice and genuine reform.” said Rev Williams.

The Uniting Church has been working to support Burma for a number of years. In March, ex- Moderator Robert Watson met with the head of the International Burmese Monks Organisation, the Venerable U Pannya Vamsa, and heard about the violent crackdown on the monks in September 2007 and how Australians can assist the democracy movement.

“The Burmese people have suffered under repressive rule for more than four decades. In the last 12 months things have only got worse,” said Rev Williams.

“The devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis has been compounded by the lack of co-operation from the Military Junta; and the new constitution ensures the military hold at least one quarter of seats in parliament and that Burma’s democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is prevented from holding office as the widow of a foreigner.”

The Moderator will use his speech on Saturday to show the Uniting Church’s support for the Burmese people, and to echo some of the points made by the Venerable U Pannya Vamsa including calling for Australia to end its training of Burmese police and to bring its ‘targeted sanctions’ policy into line with the US, Canada and EU policies.

Date: Saturday 27 September

Time: 1.00–3.00pm

Place: PICA Amphitheatre (near Alexander Library), Northbridge.

For more information about the rally contact Dr Myo Nyunt on (08) 9310 1777.

The Moderator is available for comment. For more information about Rev Ken
Williams go to www.wa.uca.org.au/home/moderator.

Media contact: Alison Atkinson-Phillips 0404409978.

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