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各位朋友:

相信大家仍沒有忘記2007年的袈裟革命, 或是去年的緬甸風災. 即使緬甸人民的苦難不再在近日的新聞出現, 然而這不代表這些壓逼已成過去.

我們對緬甸這個國家或許相當陌生, 但香港其實對緬甸卻有著一定的影響力.

香港是緬甸的第六大主要投資者. 當中, 和記黃埔有限公司正是在緬甸經營最大的貨櫃碼頭-緬甸國際貨運碼頭(MITT). 我們要求和記在緬甸投資時, 必須考慮到當地的人權狀況. 因此, 我們發起了以下的聯署, 要求和記應利用其政經影響力改善緬甸人權, 否則應撤出緬甸. 詳情請見以下聯署信.

網上聯署: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/urge-burma39s-junta-to-improve-human-rights-situation

請大家可在2月8日前回覆!

謝謝!
香港爭取自由緬甸聯盟 (Hong Kong Coalition for a Free Burma)
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Appeal to Hutchison Port Holdings to urge Burma's junta to improve human rights situation

Sign the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/urge-burma39s-junta-to-improve-human-rights-situation

Hong Kong is the sixth major investor in Burma. Business activities of Hong Kong corporates in Burma have impact on human rights situation in Burma, and Hutchison Port Holdings is one of corporates investing in Burma.

Hutchison Port Holdings operates the Myanmar International Terminals Thilawa, which is the largest port in Yangon. As the Hutchison claims that it upholds the principles of corporate social responsibility and, in view of this, we are asking that it exert its influence in urging Burma's junta to improve the human rights situation in the country.

Please respond to the petition before 8 Feb 2009. Thank you!

Hong Kong Coalition for a Free Burma
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Appeal letter:

Mr. Li Ka Shing
Chairperson
Hutchison Whampoa Limited
22/F Hutchison House
10 Harcourt Road
Hong Kong

9 January 2009

Dear Mr. Li Ka Shing,

The Hong Kong Coalition for a Free Burma appreciates that Hutchison Port Holdings upholds the principle of corporate social responsibility, and has shown a commitment to communities where your company has business affairs. We sincerely hope that the same principle is being applied to Burma, as your company is operating the Myanmar International Terminals Thilawa in Yangon.

Since your company operates a business in Burma, the Coalition believes that your company must comprehend the human rights situation in the country. Based on information from the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana, some 2000 prisoners of conscience are currently held in Burma, and persecution of ethnic minorities leads to extensive internal displacement and outflow of refugees. Responding to on-going and worsening human rights violations in Burma, we support the call of the government in exile, the National Coalition Government Union of Burma, to impose economic sanction as a "pressure mechanism to persuade the regime to recognize the crisis in the country and the need for a peaceful resolution of the crisis". As such, we are concerned about the role of Hong Kong companies which are investing in Burma, including Hutchison. These investments do not add to the development of the country but rather help prop up Burma's military government, a government which clearly revealed its contempt for its own people in the way it responded to Cyclone Nargis last May and initially prevented the international community from providing needed assistance.

In the light of corporate social responsibility and in solidarity with the people of Burma to end the dictatorship, the Coalition requests Hutchison Port Holdings either to:

(1) step up and use your influence in Burma to urge the military government to improve the human rights situation and release all political prisoners in Burma; or
(2) step out and withdraw business from Burma.

Looking forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Thank you!

Yours sincerely, The Hong Kong Coalition for a Free Burma c/o PO Box 297 Fotan Post Office New Territories, Hong Kong SAR

[Join us by signing this petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/urge-burma39s-junta-to-improve-human-rights-situation]

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