Myanmar: A letter from… Phyoe Phyoe Aung

27 September 2016, 14:50 UTC | Myanmar
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A personal thank you from the Myanmar student activist freed earlier this year following Amnesty's Write for Rights 2015.

Dear friends,

I am Phyoe Phyoe Aung. Many of you campaigned for my release from prison, and sent me letters of support while I was in prison. I have been wanting to reply to you all since I was released – I would like to apologise to you for my late message.

As the daughter of a former political prisoner, I know very well the name of Amnesty International, and heard about your campaigns to free prisoners of conscience, including Aung San Suu Kyi, since I was young.

Solidarity postcards and drawings for Phyoe Phyoe Aung ©Amnesty International Austria

In 2015, I became an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience myself. After that, I received so many postcards, handmade cards with drawings of lovely animals full of warm wishes, encouraging letters and beautiful poems from people all across the world. I still receive your letters through Amnesty, as well as from political prisoners' organisations. I plan to collect some of these letters and cards and use them to create an archive of political prisoners’ history.

I am so grateful to Amnesty and all of the people who participated in the campaign for my release. International movements like yours put pressure on governments for our physical freedom, but knowing we have your solidarity also supports us mentally.

International organisations like Amnesty never forget the people who are facing injustice in their struggle for democracy and human rights. We need to be strong and remember how important it is to join together in our struggles.

Thank you very much each and every one of you. Not just for campaigning for my release, and the release of other prisoners, but for helping to keep our hope and our beliefs alive. I hope that together we will continue our struggle until our shared dream for human rights and justice for all come true.

Best regards,

Phyoe Phyoe Aung

"Together we will continue our struggle until our shared dream for human rights and justice for all come true."

Phyoe Phyoe Aung

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