Sunday, November 27, 2005

Burma 'extends Suu Kyi detention'

Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi had her house arrest extended for another 12 months, sources within the country's military government say.
Officials visited her home for a short time to read out a notice informing her of the decision, reports say.
The decision was widely expected following a similar 12 month order issued last November.
Ms Suu Kyi, 60, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, has been under house arrest since May 2003.
Under the terms of her house arrest, Ms Suu Kyi is routinely denied visitors and not allowed to use the telephone.
No reform
A spokesman for Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy could not immediately confirm whether the house arrest had been extended.
However, U Lwin told the Associated Press news agency that the date was right for another extension.
1990: National League for Democracy (NLD) wins general election while Suu Kyi under house arrest; military does not recognise the result
1991: Wins Nobel Peace Prize
1995: Released from house arrest, but movements restricted
2000-02: Second period of house arrest
May 2003: Detained after clash between NLD and government forces
Sep 2003 Allowed home after operation, but under effective house arrest
"The whole world has been calling for release of Suu Kyi, but the government has not been responding to any of the calls," he added.
The BBC's Kylie Morris in Bangkok says that neither the isolation policies of the US and Britain nor the attitude of engagement by neighbouring south east Asian nations appear to be having much effect in spurring the military government on to real political reform.
Ms Suu Kyi has spent 10 of the past 15 years under house arrest or in prison since returning to Burma from the UK.
Her party won a landslide victory in the country's first multi-party elections, in 1990, but Burma's ruling military junta did not allow the result to stand.
They had come to power in 1988 after crushing a pro-democracy uprising.
Story from BBC NEWS: 2005/11/27 09:02:23 GMT© BBC MMV


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