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Hope of freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi

May 22, 2006

This week, the Burmese generals who crushed Ms Suu Kyi's democracy movement will decide whether to extend her house arrest beyond its present term, which expires on Saturday.

That day will mark the 16th anniversary of her overwhelming election victory, which the military junta totally ignored.Since the present junta took power in 1988, some 1,100 prisoners of conscience remain in prison.

Suu Kyi has been imprisoned for 10 of the last 17 years, and the Burmese military governement is under constant pressure from the international community to release her and acknowledge the 1990 election results. Last week, the US Senate passed a resolution condemning attacks on Karen insurgents, the most deadly in a decade, and urged the UN Security Council to call for the immediate and unconditional release of Ms Suu Kyi and all prisoners of conscience in Burma. Keep your fingers crossed for Ms Suu Kyi, and read more in The Independent.

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