Hip-hop concert launches Freedom Campaign

July 31, 2006 at 8:15 PM
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BANGKOK, July 31 (UPI) -- A Black Eyed Peas concert in Bangkok has ushered in the beginning of "The Freedom Campaign" for detained Nobel Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar.

The hip-hop group's performance in the capital of Thailand Monday marked the start of an effort to bring attention to the Myanmar people and to Kyi's non-violent attempts to bring democracy to the region, a news release said.

"Aung San Suu Kyi stands with the great names of peace and justice such as Steven Biko, Nelson Mandela, and Mohandas Gandhi," Freedom Campaign founder Jack Healey said in the release. "It's our responsibility as humans to stand up against tyranny and see to it that voices like hers lead people out of oppression. The Freedom Campaign's goal is to do just that."

The product of a partnership between the U.S. Campaign for Burma -- now officially Myanmar -- and the Human Rights Action Center, the Washington-based campaign also will feature worldwide "Freedom Concerts" and a related film documentary.

Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her efforts as the leader of Myanmar's National League of Democracy and has been recognized internationally for her work on behalf of the Burmese people.

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