In this photo released by Democratic Voice of Burma, members of the Myanmar opposition
National League for Democracy party hold a portrait of party's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi,
during a protest in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, May 27, 2008 (AP).

Myanmar Draws Further Criticism by Extending Suu Kyi Detainment

May 27, 2008 03:22 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The country’s military junta announced Tuesday that it is continuing the house arrest of opposition leader and Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

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A government official read out the six-month extension order at Suu Kyi’s home, reported Reuters. The extension appears to violate a Myanmar law that prohibits anyone from being detained longer than five years without being tried.

Suu Kyi’s previous detention order expired over the weekend. She has been under house arrest for 13 of the past 18 years.

The move earned the ruling junta a new wave of international condemnation just weeks after its hesitance to distribute foreign aid to survivors of the recent cyclone drew criticism from around the world.

But Myanmar’s rulers are not the only ones getting lambasted for Suu Kyi’s extended detention; activists criticized the international community for failing to put enough pressure on the junta on her behalf.

“It is shameful that [U.N. Secretary General] Ban Ki-Moon went to Burma and failed even to utter her name,” said Mark Farmaner, director of the Burma Campaign UK.

Suu Kyi supporters had been hoping that the junta would ease the conditions of her arrest or even agree to a release in response to international pressure following the cyclone and the offering of foreign aid.

With the renewal of Suu Kyi’s detention, it is clear that the junta has no plans to loosening its reins on the nation.

On Tuesday, 20 youth members of the opposition National League for Democracy party who were protesting Suu Kyi’s plight were arrested by police.

Headline Link: Myanmar extends Suu Kyi house arrest

Key Player: Aung San Suu Kyi

Background: Hope for release

Related Topics: Suu Kyi supporters seized, Aid agencies enter Myanmar

Reference: Focus on Myanmar


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