Support the women of Burma
Strip the military regime’s power
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Send your panties for peace!
LETTER from LAB to Campaign group in Canada
May 27th, 2008
We the women of Lanna Action for Burma, would like to express our sincere gratitude and our many thanks to the Fédération des femmes du Québec and the Rights & Democracy Student Network as well as to their numerous coalition partners for today’s launch of our “Panties for Peace” campaign in Québec and across Canada.
Since seizing power in 1962, the military regime has subjected the population of Burma to extreme brutalities. These intensified after the student-led pro-democracy uprising in 1988. In addition to crimes suffered by all, the regime practices systematic rape and other forms of sexual, physical and emotional violence against the women of Burma.
The current humanitarian crisis affecting the population of Burma today is a product of more than 20 years of gross neglect and human rights abuses. The new crisis began as a natural disaster but quickly became a man-made catastrophe.
Once again the horrible aftermath of Cyclone Nargis has exposed the corruption and tyranny of Burma’s military regime for all the world to see.
Once again we stand together full of sorrow and anger …
Once again we refuse to be helpless… powerless…silenced…
Your involvement in The Panties for Peace campaign is needed now more than ever: While the world dithers about “Responsibility to Protect,” also known as R2P… let the women of the world lead with R2PP, the “Right to Post Panties.” Our fury has grown and Burma’s military rulers are in a weakened state and thus vulnerable to the power that they attribute to our underpants. If this is the power they believe we have, then this is the power we will use against them.
You will be sending your panties as a clear message to the military junta and also sending donations directly to help the people of Burma affected by Cyclone Nargis. All donations will be sent to groups on the Thai Burma border who are working with victims of the humanitarian crisis inside Burma. We believe that at this time, it is the only way to ensure that assistance is provided both independently and directly to the people.
We women of Burma need the support of women around the world. Your commitment to endorse this important and therapeutic campaign on our behalf gives hope, courage and triumph to the women of Burma at the time when we need it most.
Again thank you to all of you for your help and solidarity.
Panties Power Campaign
Lanna Action for Burma