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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2523

British Foreign Secretary condemns continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi

London, 01 June, ( British Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett MP, has condemned the Burmese Government's decision to extend the house arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a statement to the media she said, “I was appalled to learn of the Burmese Government's decision to extend the unjustified detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. It is unacceptable that the Government of Burma has failed to respond to recent calls from the UN Secretary-General, from the EU and from others in the international community for Aung San Suu Kyi to be released.”

She further pointed out that as she begins her fourth year under house arrest, ‘conditions for more than 1,150 other political prisoners are deteriorating.’

Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi have been detained by the Burmese regime since May 2003, and in total for over 10 years. Her house arrest was formally extended on 27 May.

Margaret Beckett in her appeal for the release urged:”I call on the Government of Burma to release all political prisoners and remove restrictions on all political groups, including the National League for Democracy, as part of a process of genuine dialogue and national reconciliation leading to the restoration of democratic government.”

She further emphasized, ” We will continue to work with the Burmese people, her neighbors, the wider international community, the EU and the United Nations to that end.”

- Asian Tribune -

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