“Jim Carrey calls for people to support the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi. He also decries Burma’s military regime for recruiting more child soldiers than any other country in the world, destroying 3,000 villages in eastern Burma, and forcing 1.5 million refugees to flee”. His “announcement contributes to an upsurge in activism around Aung San Suu Kyi in the United States and throughout the World”. At the end he says: Together we can find love. Martha Colmenares
• US Comedian Does Public Service YouTube Video for Suu Kyi
By The Associated Press
August 29, 2007
Actor-comedian Jim Carrey has made a straight-to-YouTube video. And it is not funny at all.
The 45-year-old Carrey—in a rare serious mode—appears in a new public service announcement on behalf of the Human Rights Action Center and the U.S. Campaign for Burma. The goal: To free Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been confined by Burma’s ruling military junta for 11 of the last 17 years.
“Even though she’s compared to a modern-day Gandhi or Nelson Mandela, most people in America still don’t know about Aung San,” Carrey says in the filmed message, posted Tuesday on YouTube.
“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.”
Suu Kyi, who is under long-term house arrest in the city of Rangoon, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her nonviolent efforts to bring down the military regime that rules over the Southeast Asian country.
The regime, led by Gen Than Shwe, has destroyed more than 3,000 villages in eastern Myanmar, also known as 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, Carrey says in the video.
“People around the world need to come to her aid, just as they supported Mandela when he was locked up,” said Jeremy Woodrum, a co-founder of the U.S. Campaign for Burma, in a statement Tuesday.
“This announcement contributes to an upsurge in activism around Aung San Suu Kyi in the United States and throughout the world,” he said