Burma held its first election in two decades on 7 November 2010.
In the last elections in 1990, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a resounding victory only for the military government to ignore the results and arrest scores of opposition activists who threatened their grip on power.
This year’s election happened against a backdrop of restrictions and repression. With over 2,200 political prisoners – including Aung San Suu Kyi - unable to participate freely.
Many of Burma's 50 million people live in poverty. And those who express views contrary to that of the ruling authorities face harassment, arrest, torture, imprisonment and, sometimes, execution.
Many are held in solitary confinement, denied access to medical care and cut off from their families and loved ones.
Now is the time to act
It is a critical that we continue to keep pressure on Burma through maintaining pressure on its neighbours; calling on them to speak out to defend the three freedoms - expression, assembly and association - in Burma. And for the release of the over 2,200 political prisoners.
By taking action, you are showing that the eyes of the world are watching to see what happens now the elections have passed.
We cannot let the repression continue. With your help, we can strengthen the global outcry that ensures the people of Burma can realise their freedoms.
Burma Facts:Burma and some of its closest neighbours are part of ASEAN - the Association of South East Asian Nations.
The other nine members of ASEAN are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.
Your action will demand these nations support the three freedoms in Burma.