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Violation Of Aung San Suu Kyi's Human Rights

U.S. Condemns Violation Of Aung San Suu Kyi's Human Rights

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman

For Immediate Release August 31, 2000

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE K. ALBRIGHT

U.S. CONDEMNS VIOLATION OF AUNG SAN SUU KYI'S HUMAN RIGHTS

Washington, DC August 31, 2000

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I am appalled at the actions of the Burmese regime in denying Aung San Suu Kyi the freedom to travel within her own country. Aung San Suu Kyi has been a tireless champion for democracy in Burma. Her work gives voice to the long-suffering people of Burma whose hopes for a democratic society have been crushed by a repressive regime. Freedom of movement and freedom of speech are fundamental, internationally-recognized human rights. The Burmese Government's restraints on Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma's democratically elected majority party, violate basic principles of international human rights instruments and are an affront to people throughout the world.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been stranded on a roadside south of Rangoon in deplorable conditions for the past week. The military police will not allow her to travel to a nearby township and confer with local National League for Democracy supporters. Despite the physical and psychological hardships imposed on her, Aung San Suu Kyi has persevered and remains determined to exercise her fundamental human rights and continue her travel. Her voice will not be silenced.

Burma is a country desperately in need of democracy, respect for fundamental human rights and national reconciliation. Aung San Suu Kyi and members of the National League for Democracy have made tremendous personal sacrifices in pursuing this cause and in their efforts to realize productive dialogue with the military regime. The United States has joined with the United Nations Secretary General and others in the international community to promote these goals. The United States calls on the Government of Burma to stop its violation of Aung San Suu Kyi's human rights and immediately allow her to travel to her intended destination. (###)


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