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Free The Speech - Amnesty International


Sat 7 Aug 2010, 8:00pm

Where: Bodega, 101 Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: R18

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Student activists at Victoria University are celebrating their freedom this year by fighting for those who don't have it. Students will be wearing bandages across their mouths and inviting others to tear them off to "Free the Speech!" They can then take action by signing a giant speech bubble petition and letters on behalf of imprisoned student activists in Myanmar, who peacefully protest for their right to freedom of speech. The ‘Dance with Me' club are doing a "Free the Speech" inspired performance, with guest speaker Pia McKay - 12pm Friday 6th August in the Student Union Building.

The week culminates in a concert: Free the Speech! at Bar Bodega on Saturday 7th August. All proceeds go to Amnesty International Aotearoa. With performances from Wellington's latest and coolest soul funk rockin' blues band Nudge, along with Newtown Rocksteady, Bella Cajon, DJ Ara (Katchafire), Town Cryer, DJ Don Luchito and Redbird Junior as MC - it's set to be a great night!

"We want as many people as possible to use their freedom, raise their voices and say "I ♥ Human Rights!", says Vanessa Rushton, Amnesty International on Campus.

This year's Freedom Campaign centres the spot light on Myanmar (Burma). For the first time in 20 years, Myanmar is set to hold national elections. Amnesty International is campaigning to ensure that this critical moment will bring about real and lasting change needed in Myanmar. Therefore the Myanmar ‘Freedom' Campaign focuses on:

1. Freedom for all prisoners of conscience and fair trials or freedom for political prisoners.
2. Freedoms of expression, assembly and association for all people in Myanmar.
3. Demanding member countries of ASEAN - the Association of South East Asian Nations - to speak out against Myanmar's appalling human rights situation.

"This concert gives Wellingtonians the opportunity to celebrate their freedom while at the same time giving voice to those who don't have those freedoms", says Nelson Curry, President of the Victoria Amnesty club.

Listen out on Radio Active on the morning of Friday 6th August for an interview with Burmese activist Naing Koko and Victoria University Senior Lecturer, Dr Andrew McGregor.

For more information, please contact Brittany Peck: 021 128 1441

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