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The Freedom Collection Spotlights King Zero: Ashin Issariya
In honor of Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's historic visit to the United States, we are recognizing Burma’s brave freedom advocates featured in the Freedom Collection. Today we spotlight the Venerable Ashin Issariya , a Buddhist monk who played a key role in organizing Burma’s 2007 “Saffron Revolution.” Also known as “King Zero,” a pseudonym that symbolized Burma had no king or dictator, Issariya coordinated peaceful demonstrations across the country that included 100,000 monks and tens of thousands of regular citizens. Issariya provides an insider’s account on inspiring monks to overcome their fear of the regime and speak out against the military junta in what became known as the “Saffron Revolution”:This post was written by Christopher Walsh, Program Coordinator of the Freedom Collection.
Chinese Prisoner’s Death Holds a Message for Americans and China
Liu Xiaobo, China’s most prominent dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner died this week. His death holds a message for Americans and for China.
Release of Chinese Political Prisoner a Timely Reminder to Support Freedom Advocates Abroad
More than half the world’s population still lives in countries where basic political rights and civil liberties are only partly respected, if at all.
Bringing Freedom to the Forefront of 21st Century Politics
Global challenges like authoritarian capitalism, violent extremism, demographic pressures, and displaced populations have placed global freedom in decline.