Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Aung San Sui Kyi

From the Herald Sun:
Burma's junta have rejected an appeal to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi when her detention order expires on May 27.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has spent more than 13 of the past 19 years - including the past six - under house arrest in the capital Rangoon.

From Mizzima:
The Burmese military junta has rejected an appeal for the release of detained opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in accordance with the law of the country, a party official said.

Nyan Win, spokesperson of the National League for Democracy, the party led by Aung San Suu Kyi, had appealed for her release through her lawyer. The appeal was rejected on May 1.

In the appeal, Hla Myo Myint had argued that the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi must end by May 27, as the law of Burma does not permit detention of more than five years on charges of disturbing peace in the country.

Suu Kyi was last arrested on May 30, 2003, after her motorcade was attacked by junta-backed mobs in upper Burma during a political tour. She was then charged with disturbing the peace in the country and each year the junta continues to extend her detention period.

Nyo Ohn Myint, in-charge of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NLD in exile, said the junta, besides its lack of interest for national reconciliation, feared that the release of Suu Kyi would jeopardize their plans.

More on Aung San Sui Kyi from BBC News; from DASSK; Wikipedia; and Britannica Online.

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