Write to your MEP
We need your help in getting Zarganar nominated for the European Parliamentâ€™s 2010 Sakharov Prize. We feel that if he were to win this yearâ€™s Sakharov Prize that this would help to raise greater awareness of his case and of the continuing human rights abuses in Burma.
We need to get 40 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to nominate Zarganar and to help us achieve this goal, we urge you to write to your MEP explaining why they should support Zarganarâ€™s nomination.
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[Please do write a more personal letter if you have time â€“ the following is just an example]
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I am writing to ask you to nominate imprisoned Burmese comedian and writer, Zarganar, for the European Parliamentâ€™s 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Zarganar, Burmaâ€™s best-known comedian, is renowned for using satire and humour to draw attention to political repression and human rights abuses in his country, and to encourage the Burmese people to speak out against injustice. In 2008 he was arrested and sentenced to 59 years in prison for speaking out against the Burmese governmentâ€™s inadequate response to the humanitarian crisis caused by Cyclone Nargis, which killed approximately 200,000 people. His sentence was reduced to 35 years on appeal.
Zarganar is a prisoner of conscience who has made a fundamental contribution to the defence of human rights and the promotion of freedom of expression in Burma.
For more information about Zarganar please refer to http://www.freezarganar.org
I hope that you will agree that Zarganar would be a worthy recipient of the 2010 Sakharov Prize and that you will support his nomination for this prestigious award.