Tuesday, 24 March 2009

UN calls for immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Further to our recent post "Will you make a stand for Burma's Political Prisoners?"
The UN has said the detention of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi violates both international legislation and the laws of Burma. The panel has already issued four judgments finding that Myanmar was breaking international rights law by holding Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party swept the country's last elections in 1990 but was never allowed to take power. The ruling went on to say: "The Working Group requests the government to immediately release, without any condition, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi from her continued placement under house arrest."

Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize laureate, has spent 13 of the last 19 years under house arrest, with the ruling junta extending her detention on a yearly basis despite international condemnation.

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