For One World Week 2012 Swindon and Marlborough Amnesty International Group presents:
Human Rights in Burma: Cause for Hope?
– a talk given by Zoya Phan, Burma democracy activist and author of “Little Daughter: A memoir of survival in Burma and the West”
Thursday 25 October at 7.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House on Eastcott Hill, Swindon.
Zoya Phan grew up in a Karen village in the heart of the jungles of Burma, where her childhood was spent playing with school friends, catching butterflies and climbing mango trees. She was unaware of the impact of the military junta on the country or her parents’ political work. At the age of 14 all of this changed. Her village was attacked by the Burmese army and her family had to flee for their lives.
Zoya will talk about her life and the current political system in Burma. She says “There have been some positive changes taking place in central parts of Burma, which is very hopeful and encouraging. However, there are still hundreds of prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in jails, and attacks against ethnic civilians continue. The people in Burma still need international support. Come along to the meeting to learn more, and find out how you can help to make a difference.”
One World Week 21st-28th October 2012
One World Week is an annual opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally, by:
Working together in caring for the earth and its resources
Taking action for justice, equality, peace and fullness of life for all
Building relationships of mutual respect that cross boundaries
Running local events that celebrate the diversity of cultures in our communities
The theme for 2012 is "Sharing Destiny – moving towards one world" and explores the question ‘how can we shape our lives to contribute to an equitable future for all?’
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