U.N.: Suu Kyi Detention ‘Illegal’
The United Nation’s senior human rights official has called the continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s pro-democracy leader, “illegal” and demanded that she be released.
Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, on Friday accused Myanmar’s military leaders of persecuting the Nobel peace laureate.
Suu Kyi is currently in Yangon’s Insein prison after Myanmar’s military government charged her with violating the conditions of her house arrest.
“I deplore Ms Suu Kyi’s ongoing persecution, and call for her immediate and unconditional release,” Pillay said.
“Her continued detention, and now this latest trial, breach international standards of due process and fair trial.”
Security forces took Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for most of the last two decades, from her lakeside home on Thursday after an American man swam to her lakeside residence
“The Myanmar authorities might claim Aung San Suu Kyi has breached the conditions of her detention, but they have broken both their own laws and their international human rights obligations,” Pillay said.
“She should not be detained in the first place.” >>>
“Why are you so afraid of us?” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi called out, taunting the military government of Myanmar as thousands of rapturous supporters listened in the rain, whistling and cheering from under a sea of black umbrellas.
That was 13 years ago, during a temporary period of freedom from house arrest, and Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi was putting into words the dynamic that has kept her under detention for most of the past two decades.
The seemingly all powerful junta, which jails its opponents and crushes popular uprisings by force, is afraid of Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, 63, the country’s pro-democracy opposition leader, and of the continuing undercurrent of support she commands among the people. >>>
- Myanmar Opposition Leader Charged (14 May 09)