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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2898

Regional MPs condemn Aung San Suu Kyi’s continued detention

Kuala Lumpur, 29 May, ( The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) condemns the continued detention of Burma’s democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi by the country’s military dictators and calls on ASEAN leaders to get tough with the regime.

“How much more leeway is ASEAN going to allow Myanmar’s military authorities? Especially in this time of tragedy, in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, the junta continues to disregard the rule of law – its own law – and show no capacity whatsoever for compassion nor responsiveness to the will of the people of Burma who march and call for Daw Suu Kyi’s release,” said Member of Parliament Eva Kusuma Sundari, from Indonesia, speaking on behalf of AIPMC.

Parliamentarians from AIPMC strongly call for the immediate release of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi - who begins her sixth year of consecutive house arrest – especially as the military regime are in breach of their own legislation by detaining her further.

According to the law under which she is being held, Article 10b of the Burma State Protection Law, the regime are permitted to detain a person deemed to be a “threat to the sovereignty and security of the State and peace of the people” for not more than five years before having to be brought before a court of law. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest in May 2003.

AIPMC had urged leaders of ASEAN states to take heed of the junta’s unlawful act and take tough action against the junta for flaunting principles and rules that uphold the region’s obligation to practice regional values of compassion and fairness.

If ASEAN leaders fail to condemn the junta for this unlawful act then they must share responsibility with Myanmar’s military generals on the continued detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the loss of ASEAN’s credibility, pointed out AIPMC.

“It is unlawful and inhumane especially in a time when every individual in Burma needs to be given the freedom to access humanitarian aid and attention and allowed to be close to their families and friends,” added MP Sundari.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s home was partially destroyed by the storm.

- Asian Tribune -

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