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

Widespread Denunciation by World Leaders of Burma’s Aug San Suu Kyi Prolonged Detention

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 29 May ( Burma’s leader of the National League of Democracy and world’s most celebrated ‘prisoner of conscience’ Daw Aug San Suu Kyi’s prolonged extension of her house arrest have been vehemently condemned by world leaders.Aug San Suu Kyi's detention extended by another yearAug San Suu Kyi's detention extended by another year

The ruling military junta in Burma who is slow to bring redress to the May 3 devastating cyclone victims was fast enough to extend the detention of the democracy leader who has been in house arrest for past twelve years.

United States president George Bush, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Human Rights Commissioner were the latest to denounce the Burmese regime of its dastardly act.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour May 28 expressed her profound disappointment at the extension on 27 May of the detention under house arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar. She also expressed concern about the arrest on Tuesday of at least 15 members of the National League for Democracy who were marching towards Aung San Suu Kyi’s house.

“These continued severe restrictions on the freedom of expression and movement against Aung San Suu Kyi contravene basic human rights. They come at a time when the people of Myanmar are suffering hard and their suffering should not be compounded by more restrictive measures,” said Ms. Arbour.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights called on the Government of Myanmar to unconditionally release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been confined in her home for 12 of the last 18 years. Her latest house arrest began in 2003. Her release will be critical in facilitating national reconciliation and democratic transition, to which the Myanmar leadership has committed itself, Ms. Arbour added.

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement on Myanmar:

“I regret the decision of the Government of Myanmar to extend for a sixth consecutive year the detention under house arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD). The sooner restrictions on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar will be able to move towards inclusive national reconciliation, the restoration of democracy and full respect for human rights. In this regard, I expect my Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, to continue on my behalf the process of political dialogue that he has begun with both the Myanmar authorities and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the context of his good offices mandate.”

US president George W. Bush said in a statement that he was disappointed by Burmese regime’s extension of Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest.

“I am deeply troubled by the Burmese regime's extension of National League for Democracy General Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest on May 27. Aung San Suu Kyi's current house arrest dates back to May 2003, when she was detained following the murderous assault by regime-sponsored thugs on her motorcade in Depayin. The United States calls upon the regime to release all political prisoners in Burma and begin a genuine dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy, and other democratic and ethnic minority groups on a transition to democracy.

“The United States will continue to help the people of Burma recover from the devastation of Cyclone Nargis and will continue to support the Burmese people's long term struggle for freedom. Laura and I look forward to the day when the people of Burma know true liberty and democracy.”

- Asian Tribune -

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