Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Sham trial in Burma"

Aung San Suu Kyi maintained under house arrest

"The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma is a struggle for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations."
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

No, I won't talk about Mao Asada's silver medal at the Vancouver olympics... On my information hierarchy ladder, I don't see this relevant today. I'll focus on AASK (Aung San Suu Kyi), a martyr, victim of the tyranny and the hypocrisy of the Burmese junta and of failures of foreign governments to free the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader, failed yesterday in her latest legal attempt to put an end to over a decade of brutal house arrest. Burma's country's highest court rejected an appeal against her sentence. The supreme court's decision was widely expected. Her lawyer will now launch a final special appeal to the supreme court but first needs to know the reasons why the latest attempt had been rejected. "The court order did not mention any reasons," he said. Diplomats from Australia, France GB and the US attended.

The British envoy stated that "the decision comes as no surprise, it is deeply disappointing. We continue to believe that Aung San Suu Kyi should be released immediately, along with the other 2,000 and more prisoners of conscience." French ambassador Jean-Pierre Lafosse said the 64-year-old democracy leader was "the victim of a sham trial." United Nations top chief Ban Ki Moon declared he is "disappointed Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal against her extended house arrest was dismissed."

Aung Din, executive director of the US Campaign for Burma lobby group condemned the Burmese judiciary system as "part of the regime's oppressive mechanism... The only way to make the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in Burma is to keep putting maximum pressure on Than Shwe and his cronies until they feel the heat!"

Daw (honorific term as Madam) Aung San Suu Kyi, 64, is the General-Secretary of the National League for Democracy. Suu Kyi lead the NLD to a landslide victory in Burma's last national elections, in 1990*, which the junta refused to recognize since then, and jailed opponents. She was the recipient of the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the Government of India.

✍✍✍ World criticisms disapproved of yesterday's junta's move against democracy and criticize Burmese (Myanmar) dictators' lack of conscience, including the US, Europe, but no complains yet came from China who is Burma's main sponsor in the South East Asian region but not to defend human rights... you know... the western concept of humanitarian rights.

* Burma 1990 general election: In 1990, the military junta called a general election, which the National League for Democracy won by an overwhelming 82% of the votes. Being the NLD's candidate, Aung San Suu Kyi under normal circumstances would have assumed the office of Prime Minister. Instead, the results were nullified, and the military refused to hand over power. This resulted in an international outcry. Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest at her home on University Avenue in Rangoon. During her arrest, she was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990, and the Nobel Peace Prize the year after. Her sons Alexander and Kim accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on her behalf. Aung San Suu Kyi used the Nobel Peace Prize's 1.3 million USD prize money to establish a health and education trust for the Burmese people.

Aung San Suu Kyi books
Here is a link collecting the books written by Aung San Suu Kyi

Campaign symbol "with the aim to encourage awareness of Aung San Suu Kyi and the human rights issues in Burma by growing sunflowers and spreading their seeds" by ASSK supporters' blog

(Sources: wire services, wikipedia, 651 articles of newspapers, reporter's notes)

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