Archive for October 26th, 2008
October 26, 2008 – 6:44PM
Authorities in military-run Burma removed barbed wire barriers and reduced security around the Rangoon home of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, an official from her party said.
Witnesses near the lakeside compound where the Nobel peace prize winner has been locked away for most of the past 19 years said that barricades and checkpoints preventing people from going near her house had been removed.
“We noticed this morning that the security was reduced around her house,” said Nyan Win, a spokesman for the National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
“Barbed wire was removed and every vehicle can pass the road in front of her house… (but) it’s still early to comment on this situation.”
The gate to her compound remained closed, witnesses said.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been under detention for 13 of the past 19 years, and is only allowed sporadic visits from her doctor and lawyer.
Asian and European leaders meeting in China on Saturday urged Burma’s junta to release detained opposition members, while American officials also put out a fresh plea for an end to Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest last week.
Aung San Suu Kyi, 63, is currently appealing her detention, but the ruling generals have not yet indicated whether they will consider the case. Nyan Win said he had heard no news about her release.
The level of security in the leafy Yangon neighbourhood where Aung San Suu Kyi lives fluctuates depending on the political climate, with more barricades being erected on sensitive occasions such as the democracy leader’s birthday.
Burma has been ruled by the military since 1962. The NLD won a landslide victory in 1990 elections, but the junta never allowed it to take office.
Asia likes McCain’s free trade, Obama’s diplomacy
Economic Times, India –
… Bush and wife Laura were staunch supporters of the pro-democracy struggle led by Aung San Suu Kyi in military-run Myanmar, still called Burma by some. …
Security relaxed at Suu Kyi’s home
The Age, Australia –
Authorities in military-run Burma removed barbed wire barriers and reduced security around the Rangoon home of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …
Chevron faces suit over Nigerian violence
San Francisco Chronicle, USA –
A victory in this case, he said, would send a message to corporations operating abroad that “if they are complicit in human rights abuses, they can expect …
New calls for Burma to release detained opposition members
Radio Australia, Australia –
Asian and European leaders have urged Burma’s junta to release detained opposition members and implement democracy in the poverty-stricken Southeast Asian …
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
“Both Republican and Democrat agree on strong US policy on Burma, which include imposing strong economic sanctions against the junta; increasing strong …
European Award Shows World Esteem for Chinese Dissident
NewsBlaze, CA –
Previous winners of the Sakharov Prize include Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, former South African leader Nelson Mandela and former UN …
EU urged to support Burma
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
“I welcome the increased emphasis of the EU on extending help to the people of Myanmar in the areas of humanitarian assistance, public health, …
HIV on rise among self-injecting drug users
Windsor Star, Canada –
… among these kind of users topped 40 percent in nine nations: Estonia, Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Argentina, Brazil and Kenya. …
A call for a non-violent defence to help humanity
Borglobe, Sudan –
The European Parliament, by a vote of 533-63, has approved a report assessing the state of Human Rights in the World in 2007, asking for a continued …
BEIJING (AFP) — Asian and European leaders urged Myanmar’s ruling junta on Saturday to release detained opposition members and implement democracy in the …