The jailing of Burma’s future
According to the Democratic Voice of Burma, a Rangoon prison court has found Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of breaching the conditions of her house arrest. At the end of a trial which has lasted more than three months, the judge handed down a sentence of three years with hard labour, before junta chief Than Shwe ordered the court to communte the sentence to a year-and-a-half in house arrest.
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The court also presented a list of conditions for the house arrest, largely mirroring those of her previous spell under house arrest. Under these conditions, Aung San Suu Kyi is denied any leave of her compound, and the only guests she is allowed are her doctor and the few visitors, likely only senior level diplomats, whom the junta authorises.
The Thailand-based Assistance Associaiton for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP) labeled the trial a “travesty of justice”, as there is no justice, no rule of law, and no independent judiciary in Burma.
– The continued detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the jailing of Burma’s future, Tate Naing, secretary of AAPP told the Democratic voice of Burma.
Time for action
AAAP is one of many organizations calling on the UN to pass a binding resolution on Burma, including a global arms embargo and a commission of inquiry to investigate crimes against humanity.
– The soft diplomacy of the UN and Asian countries has failed. A global arms embargo is the most effective way of showing this military dictatorship that it can no longer defy the international community, Zoya Phan, International Coordinator at Burma Campaign UK said in a statement on the organization’s website.
– There was an outcry when the trial started, now those fine words must now be turned into practical action.
Take action yourself today:
- Go to the website of the Burma Campaign UK and contact the foreign ministers of countries that are not currently supporting a global arms embargo against Burma.
- The US Campaign for Burma has created a petition calling on the UK and US ambassadors to the UN to support the calls for a UN Security Council Commission of Inquiry and a global arms embargo on Burma. Sign the petition here!
- UPDATE: The human rights organization Avaaz has a launched a petition calling on the UN Security Council to investigate the Burmese regime for crimes against humanity. Sign this petition here.
- Go to the website of Amnesty International and send a message to senior general Than Shwe, calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi.