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Jim Carrey's YouTube PSA for Myanmar's Democracy Icon Freedom

August 30, 2007 05:05:04 GMT

Jim Carrey posted a message in the video-sharing website YouTube on Tuesday August 28th urging Americans to join a global campaign for the freedom of Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.


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Jim Carrey has posted a video of public service announcement (PSA) message in the video-sharing website YouTube on Tuesday August 28th, in which the actor-comedian is urging Americans to join a global campaign for the freedom of Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi who has been confined by the Burmese government for 11 of the last 17 years.

Speaks out on behalf of the Human Rights Action Center and the U.S. Campaign for Burma, Carrey could be heard in the posted PSA saying, "Even though she's compared to a modern-day Ghandi or Nelson Mandela, most people in America still don't know about Aung San. And let's face it: the name's a little difficult to remember. Here's how I did it: Aung San sounds a lot like 'unsung,' as in unsung hero. Aung San Suu Kyi is truly an unsung hero."

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her non-violent efforts to bring down the oppressive military regime that rules over the Southeast Asian country and helped lead the National League for Democracy to a landslide victory in 1990 elections.

Besides urging people to support Suu Kyi and help call for her release, Carrey also encourages them to call for the end of the oppressive military regime led by General Than Shwe, which placed her under house arrest in the city of Yangon. So far the regime has destroyed more than 3,000 villages in eastern Burma, forcing more than a 1.5 million people to leave their homes and recruited more child soldiers than any other country in the world.

To reach the goal of the PSA, Carrey urged viewers to join both the Human Rights Action Center and the U.S. Campaign for Burma to find out how they can help free Suu Kyi and restore her to her rightful position of power in the country.

Here is the video. Enjoy.

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