Saturday, November 13, 2010

"Free At Last, Free At Last..."

"Thank God Almighty," she is free at last.

That would be the political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, who was, at long, long, last, released today in Myanmar. Just last night, Amnesty International sent out an "Action Alert" to ensure her release today, and unbelievably, it has come to pass:

What a great day it is when justice prevails.

Amnesty International had this to say about her release, written by Jim Roberts, the Myanmar Country Specialist Amnesty International USA:
In this season of giving thanks, we are thrilled and grateful for the release today of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar (Burma)! The government released her after seven and a half years of house arrest.

Will she re-form the National League for Democracy? Will she continue to advocate for democracy? Will her release be for good this time, or will the government find another reason for imprisoning her yet again? Only time will tell.

While we couldn’t be happier about Suu Kyi’s release, time continues to run short for the over 2,200 other political prisoners who are still behind bars in some of the most notorious prisons in the world. They from suffer lack of medical care, proper nutrition, and lack of contact with their families. Many are imprisoned hundreds of miles from their homes, making travel for their families difficult if not impossible.

So while we give thanks for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release, let’s do something for the others. (Photo of Suu Kyi's release is a STR/AFP/Getty Images)

As noted in the above Amnesty International release, there are 2,200 more political prisoners being held. Their release should be swift and immediate.

Yes, today is a good day for human rights and justice.

I would love to hear about good things happening in your area. It need not be on the level of a released political prisoner who also happens to be a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

It can be something like my representative, backstabber, race-baiter Jim Clyburn stepping aside so that Steny Hoyer can be the second in command for the minority party in the House (I didn't see THAT one coming, but yay!).

Or the story of a local woman, Elizabeth Steed, who felt called to open a rescue organization for horses in the Lowcountry which doesn't just rescue and heal the horses, but trains owners in how to be better owners. Her organization, "The Livestock and Equine Awareness and Rescue Network, or LEARN," received 80 horses in the past two years who had been seized from their abusive (or ignorant) owners.

So how about it, what's going on where you are?

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