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Aung San Suu Kyi, meets with Relations Minister Aung Kyi, unseen, at the state guesthouse
in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 9, 2007 (AP)

Voluntary House Arrests Commemorate Suu Kyi’s Birthday

June 13, 2008 03:03 PM
by Shannon Firth
Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters are celebrating the imprisoned Burmese opposition leader’s birthday this weekend with the “Arrest Yourself” campaign.

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Suu Kyi will turn 63 on June 15. From June 13 to June 15, activists around the world will hold gatherings for the “Arrest Yourself” campaign to spread awareness of her mission.
 
The U.S. Campaign for Burma is calling for participants to confine themselves to their homes for 24 straight hours and to rally friends and family to gather with them to discuss Suu Kyi’s plight.
 
Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, also known as Burma. She was elected to lead the country in 1990, but the military junta refused to acknowledge the election results and put her under house arrest. She has been imprisoned for 12 of the past 18 years. She won the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in 1991.

Last month, the junta announced the extension of Suu Kyi’s house arrest, which had been due to expire. The continuation of her detention appeared to violate a Myanmar law that prohibits anyone from being detained longer than five years without being tried.

Headline Link: ‘Arrest Yourself’

Key Player: Aung San Suu Kyi

Background: Suu Kyi’s rise and troubles

Related Topics: Myanmar’s political prisoners; U2 celebrates Suu Kyi

Reference: Suu Kyi’s speeches, Focus on Myanmar

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