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  • 2009.08.20
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Release Aung San Suu Kyi!

As expected, the Burmese junta has finally decided that Aung San Suu Kyi will not be allowed to return to politics. Under house arrest, Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s iconic symbol of democracy, continues to be under de-facto custody, and the world’s hope and desire for democracy in Burma is once again frustrated. On August 11th 2009, the Burmese court sentenced Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi to three years of hard labor on charges that Mrs. Suu Kyi violated her house arrest conditions when an American broke into Mrs. Suu Kyi’s home. The Burmese junta commuted an additional eighteen months of house arrest to the court’s sentence of three years of hard labor. It was unlikely that the Burmese military regime would end Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest as scheduled, and allow Aung San Suu Kyi to continue her political career. However, pressure from the international community, including the UN, and the Burmese people’s desire to end this charade cannot be ignored. As of now, the reality is rule of law does not exist in Burma, not even the basics, and the international community again disclosed that Burmese government cannot be recognized as a legitimate nation.

Last year, as the Burmese people continued to suffer from the aftermath of Typhoon Nargis, in a bid to stay in power, the Burmese junta decided to have an election for a new constitutional referendum ahead of next year’s general elections. The junta revealed its intent to stay in power and prevent Aung San Suu Kyi from participating in the political process by any means necessary. Even during severe economic hardship, the junta only cared about securing permanent power and had given up on democracy and rule of law. Under the new constitutional referendum, military officials will take a significant portion of congressional seats and other key positions from the elections. The future of Burma looks like it’s in the midst of a very dark tunnel.

Civil society strongly denounces the Burmese junta, a country that has denied cherishing the values of democracy and human rights. In addition, while the international community continues to criticize Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi’s current situation, the Korean government has yet to make an official statement regarding Burma’s democracy and it should clarify its position on this subject. Being aware that the Burmese Military Division's "cheap trick" is a bad move which would work against them, we request the following:

One, the Burmese junta should immediately release political prisoners including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

One, the Burmese junta should give up its ambitions to stay in permanent control and start negotiating with opposition parties and ethnic minorities. 

One, the Korean government should take necessary actions to have the Burmese military release Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aug. 20th 2009

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