Myanmar Opposition Leader Charged
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is facing the prospect of years in prison after being charged with breaching the conditions of her house arrest. Al Jazeera’s Azhar Sukri reports. (2:58):
Her arrest came as Western nations including the United States were reviewing a confrontational policy of economic sanctions and political exclusion toward the junta, which has jailed its opponents, crushed pro-democracy uprisings and clung to power through force for the past two decades.
The harsh treatment of the country’s most prominent opposition figure, the winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, might give pause to those who advocate more humanitarian aid and engagement with the junta, said Aung Naing Oo, a Burmese political analyst based in Thailand.
The release of Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi has been a primary demand of the United Nations and of Western nations. Her harsh treatment now “would send a serious signal to the international community, especially the west, that the Burmese military is not ready to be engaged,” he said.
The junta is preparing for an election next year that would be its first multi-party poll since 1990, when Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, won an overwhelming victory but was denied power by the military, which has ruled since 1962. >>>