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Worldwide Calls for Release of Burmese Opposition Leader


Governments, human rights activists and performers across the world are pressuring Burma to release detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as she prepares to celebrate her 60th birthday Sunday.

There were calls for her release Thursday from the United Nations, Britain, the United States and a number of other countries.

Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said it is a "travesty" his fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner is not free.

His comments were played at an event in Washington Thursday organized by a group campaigning for democracy in Burma. Event organizers also read statements from Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

On Sunday, a popular U.S. rock band, R.E.M., plans to broadcast a song dedicated to the pro-democracy leader into Burma via satellite television.

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