Ko Aung was a special guest at Worcester Group Amnesty International's 40th anniverary celebrations

Worcester News: SPECIAL VISIT: Former Burmese prisoner of conscience turned human rights lawyer Ko Aung, Mayor of Worcester Alan Amos and member of the Worcester Group of Amnesty International Peter Yates at the groups' 40th anniversary celebration. SPECIAL VISIT: Former Burmese prisoner of conscience turned human rights lawyer Ko Aung, Mayor of Worcester Alan Amos and member of the Worcester Group of Amnesty International Peter Yates at the groups' 40th anniversary celebration.

A FORMER Burmese prisoner of conscience, turned human rights lawyer, was the special guest at Worcester Group Amnesty International's 40th Anniversary celebrations.

Ko Aung gave a talk about his experiences as a prisoner and spoke about the Burmese constitution changes, made in 2008, which now means anyone who has been in prison for campaigning cannot stand for a political role.

The Mayor of Worcester was also in attendance at the event, at which around 30 people attended.

Wendy Clark, secretary of Worcester Amnesty International Group, said: "It was a pleasure having Ko there.

"Events like this are needed as they get the word out, that such things are still happening in the world, and it's wrong. People shouldn't be punished for something they believe.

"We need to spread the message as it's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

Worcester Amnesty International meet every second Wednesday at The HIve.

For more information visit worcester-amnesty.org.uk

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12:08pm Sat 7 Jun 14

CJH says...

Glad to see our mayor could fit this into his busy social schedule. And what a lovely surprise for him that there was a photo opportunity. PR anyone? Pity he hasn't quite worked out how to wear the mayor's chain properly...
Glad to see our mayor could fit this into his busy social schedule. And what a lovely surprise for him that there was a photo opportunity. PR anyone? Pity he hasn't quite worked out how to wear the mayor's chain properly... CJH
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10:33pm Sat 7 Jun 14

3thinker says...

CJH wrote:
Glad to see our mayor could fit this into his busy social schedule. And what a lovely surprise for him that there was a photo opportunity. PR anyone? Pity he hasn't quite worked out how to wear the mayor's chain properly...
"Alan is an avid traveller, and has so far visited 163 countries across the globe."

He probably only turned up to arrange a cheap holiday to Myanmar.

As Mayor he should be busy this year, but will no doubt have plenty of time after he's retired from politics in May 2016.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: Glad to see our mayor could fit this into his busy social schedule. And what a lovely surprise for him that there was a photo opportunity. PR anyone? Pity he hasn't quite worked out how to wear the mayor's chain properly...[/p][/quote]"Alan is an avid traveller, and has so far visited 163 countries across the globe." He probably only turned up to arrange a cheap holiday to Myanmar. As Mayor he should be busy this year, but will no doubt have plenty of time after he's retired from politics in May 2016. 3thinker
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11:40pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Ted Elgar says...

Having his Amnesty International cake and eating it?
Having his Amnesty International cake and eating it? Ted Elgar
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10:55am Sun 8 Jun 14

Worcester woman 1964 says...

The most ironic thing about all this is that here we have a prisoner of conscience discussing issues of democracy in his home land. And who can we see in the photo proudly displaying his new chains. Oh yes our new mayor who appears to have little respect for democracy himself
The most ironic thing about all this is that here we have a prisoner of conscience discussing issues of democracy in his home land. And who can we see in the photo proudly displaying his new chains. Oh yes our new mayor who appears to have little respect for democracy himself Worcester woman 1964
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6:32pm Sun 8 Jun 14

3thinker says...

Worcester woman 1964 wrote:
The most ironic thing about all this is that here we have a prisoner of conscience discussing issues of democracy in his home land. And who can we see in the photo proudly displaying his new chains. Oh yes our new mayor who appears to have little respect for democracy himself
The other problem is that just by attending Amos has focussed discussion on himself and not Burma or Amnesty.

Unfortunately, unless he resigns this will happen at most of the events he attends as Mayor.

The sensible thing to do would be to resign as Mayor. But he won'w!
[quote][p][bold]Worcester woman 1964[/bold] wrote: The most ironic thing about all this is that here we have a prisoner of conscience discussing issues of democracy in his home land. And who can we see in the photo proudly displaying his new chains. Oh yes our new mayor who appears to have little respect for democracy himself[/p][/quote]The other problem is that just by attending Amos has focussed discussion on himself and not Burma or Amnesty. Unfortunately, unless he resigns this will happen at most of the events he attends as Mayor. The sensible thing to do would be to resign as Mayor. But he won'w! 3thinker
  • Score: 3

7:45pm Sun 8 Jun 14

CJH says...

3thinker wrote:
Worcester woman 1964 wrote:
The most ironic thing about all this is that here we have a prisoner of conscience discussing issues of democracy in his home land. And who can we see in the photo proudly displaying his new chains. Oh yes our new mayor who appears to have little respect for democracy himself
The other problem is that just by attending Amos has focussed discussion on himself and not Burma or Amnesty.

Unfortunately, unless he resigns this will happen at most of the events he attends as Mayor.

The sensible thing to do would be to resign as Mayor. But he won'w!
You're right - it's all about him isn't it? One thing for sure, Amos will never be a prisoner of his own conscience will he? It trivialises anything which Ko Aung and people like him have gone through for democracy. He arbitrarily abuses a political process which many people would, and have, given their lives for.
[quote][p][bold]3thinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worcester woman 1964[/bold] wrote: The most ironic thing about all this is that here we have a prisoner of conscience discussing issues of democracy in his home land. And who can we see in the photo proudly displaying his new chains. Oh yes our new mayor who appears to have little respect for democracy himself[/p][/quote]The other problem is that just by attending Amos has focussed discussion on himself and not Burma or Amnesty. Unfortunately, unless he resigns this will happen at most of the events he attends as Mayor. The sensible thing to do would be to resign as Mayor. But he won'w![/p][/quote]You're right - it's all about him isn't it? One thing for sure, Amos will never be a prisoner of his own conscience will he? It trivialises anything which Ko Aung and people like him have gone through for democracy. He arbitrarily abuses a political process which many people would, and have, given their lives for. CJH
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