Aussie Catholic students call for bloodshed to end

The Australian Catholic Students Association (ACSA) is calling for prayers for a peaceful solution to the present crisis in Burma.

ACSA is urging Burma's military rulers to end its suppression of peaceful protests, which have been primarily led by Buddhist monks.

ACSA spokesperson Patrick Giam said that Burma was a country in great poverty, led by a brutal and corrupt regime.

"All human beings should have the right to freedom of expression, without being persecuted for their peaceful actions," Mr Giam said.

"We recognise not only the fundamental human right to religious freedom, but also the right for religious people to be involved in the political process.

"It is particularly distressing that Buddhist monks have been assaulted, killed and imprisoned for their role in the protests," he said.

ACSA is inviting all Australian Catholic Youth to pray for those now incarcerated for having expressed their views, and to especially remember in their prayers those who were murdered during the crackdown.

"We are calling upon the Australian Government and the international community to exert strong pressure on the Burmese authorities, and urges all Australians to join the global movement working for human rights and democracy in Burma."

Young Australians call for end to injustice and bloodshed in Burma, October 8, 2007

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