About "The Streets of Burma"

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In the fall of 2007, thousands of monks and nuns demonstrated peacefully for human rights in Burma/Myanmar. Images of marchers in their brilliant orange robes captured the attention of the world and highlighted the brutal realities of life under a harsh military dictatorship. The "Saffron Revolution," as it has come to be known, was crushed by the military after two weeks of demonstrations. Many thrown in jail, some were killed, thousands fled the country, and others went underground. 

Eve Goldberg wrote "The Streets of Burma" in the aftermath of the Saffron Revolution. Working with Amnesty International Canada, Eve's song helped raise public awareness about human rights conditions in Burma. Thousands of Amnesty International postcards from across Canada and the United States were sent to the Myanmar Embassy in Ottawa asking for the release of U Gambira, one of the monks who led the demonstrations. 

In January 2012, U Gambira was freed, along with many other prisoners. In the last few years there have been tremendous changes in Burma, including loosening of restrictions on the media and allowing political parties to operate more freely. The opening of the country to democratic reform is a hopeful sign for the people of Burma. 

And yet, there are serious ongoing issues in the country. While there have been some moves toward democratic reforms, the government is still a military dictatorship. Inter-ethnic violence in parts of the country has led to thousands of deaths, there are thousands of political prisoners in Burma's jails, and the country's human rights records remains one of the worst in the world.

For more information on the situation in Burma, visit:

Amnesty International: Human Rights in Myanmar

Burma Campaign UK

US Campaign for Burma

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