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UNION OF MYANMAR: Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi's detention extended

25 May 2007
Region: UNION OF MYANMAR
Topic: Individual at risk
The extension of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's detention highlights the need forurgent action on Myanmar's deteriorating human rights situation, saidAmnesty International.
The detention order for the leader of the National League for Democracy(NLD) had been due to expire on Sunday 27 May, but the Myanmar authoritiestoday renewed it for a further year.

The already grave human rights situation in Myanmar has got even worseover the last year. Amnesty International is calling on the internationalcommunity and the Myanmar authorities to address this crisis. The Myanmarauthorities must take immediate measures to stop abuses against civiliansduring their military operations in Kayin state. They must releaseunconditionally all those wrongfully imprisoned, improve prison conditionsand end political harassment.

Aung San Suu Kyi will have spent more than eleven and a half of the lasteighteen years arbitrarily detained under house arrest. For much of theremaining time her movement has been heavily restricted by theauthorities. She has never been charged or tried with any offence.

Aung San Suu Kyi's repeated detentions exemplify the ongoing travesty ofjustice of political imprisonment in Myanmar. There are currently morethan 1,160 political prisoners, many of whom have been penalised solely onaccount of their peaceful dissent towards the Myanmar authorities. Amongthose in prison are many sick and elderly individuals whose healthcontinues to be jeopardized by poor and worsening prison conditions,including lack of adequate diet and medical care.

The security legislation used to wrongfully imprison Aung San Suu Kyi andothers must be repealed or amended to stop it being used to silencepeaceful dissent. At a time when the authorities are proposing politicalreconciliation, they should be guaranteeing peaceful exercise of basicrights, with no fear of recrimination.
AI Index:ASA 16/004/2007
May 2007

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