Freedom Challenge 2010. Welcome to Freedom Challenge 2010. What is Freedom Challenge? Freedom Challenge is a team challenge for youth groups in New Zealand to take action for human rights around the world.
What is Freedom Challenge?
Before introducing the theme for this year’s Freedom Challenge, it’s time for you to introduce yourselves!
Persecution of government opponents in Myanmar is rife leading up to this year’s election, likely to take place in October.
Activists are silenced and denied the freedom to speak out against oppression.
Many are arrested and jailed for peaceful protests or activities.
In 2007, monks from ethnic minority Rakhine State initiated country-wide demonstrations against the government’s economic and political policies, in what has become known as the ‘Saffron Revolution’.
This year’s campaigning focus for Freedom Challenge are three incredibly brave student activists from who are in prison for their peaceful protest and activism.
Khun Dee De, Khun Kawrio and Khun Bedu are three student prisoners of conscience currently detained in Myanmar.
“The authorities kept and interrogated all of us for 15 days someplace, before releasing me but sending the other three to Loikaw jail. I owe my freedom—as do others who were not arrested on 10 May—to Khun Bedu, one of the three, as he accepted all responsibility for the anti-referendum actions of our group. He told the authorities that, as joint secretary of the KNGY, only he knew what was on the computer and participated in the activism, while the rest of us were completely innocent.” KNGY activist, arrested alongside the three men on 10 May.
During your campaign you may be asked why Amnesty uses the term Myanmar not Burma. Here’s the answer
Generate thousands of appeals to
Calling for the release of Khun Dee De, Khun Kawrio and Khun Bedu
So far we’ve had ideas about:
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In your Freedom Challenge kit and on the website, we have provided templates/letters for you to get signed.
Be sure to keep in contact with the Freedom Challenge Team. The following people will be your main contacts
This video is about how Freedom Challenge went last year. Have a look to get some inspiration for this year’s Challenge.