Condemnation pours on Burmese Junta as Suu Kyi's detention continues
Soon after the declaration of the extension of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest by the Burmese junta, the condemnation poured on the military rulers from the world communities. From the United Nations to European Union and the
The international media has gloomed on the alienated country soon after the cyclone Nargis had devastating vast areas of
But Ban ki-Moon had bad news once he arrived in
He had no other options than expressing 'regrets' over the action of the junta. Though he believed that 'the sooner the restrictions on Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Burma will be able to move towards inclusive national reconciliation, the restoration of democracy and full respect for human rights', the UN chief however remained silent about Suu Kyi's prolonged detention while discussing with the SPDC chief Than Shwe in Burma.
The extension of Suu Kyi's house arrest has been termed as 'very sad and frustrating' by the European Union. The EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, while talking to media persons, said that they would continue 'to be deeply concerned by the political situation' as the EU believes that 'transition to democracy remains important for the future of
Deploring the decision of SPDC to extend Suu Kyi's detention, the French government has asked the Burmese government to free the Lady without delay. The Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, while issuing a statement, also urged for the release of other political prisoners and opposition members in
Similarly the Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith expressed regret over Suu Kyi's extended detention. Even the Indonesian Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayuda asserted that her continued detention 'went against the goodwill of the international communities in its efforts to aid
Words of ccondemnation also came from the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus. They call for the release of Suu Kyi and appealed the ASEAN states 'to take heed of the junta's unlawful act and take tough action against the junta for flaunting principles and rules that uphold the region's obligation to practice regional values of compassion and fairness'.
Earlier an American advocacy group, Freedom Now demanded immediate release of Suu Kyi as she passed five years of house arrest in May, 2008. The group, which initiates to set free the prisoners of conscience through legal, political, and public relations advocacy efforts, raised voice for the release of the detained Burmese icon, arguing that her 'ongoing detention under house arrest was a clear violation of international law'.
Even not to speak of international laws, stated in a press statement of Freedom Now on May 23 from
So, Jared Genser, Freedom Now president argues, The extension of Suu Kyi's house arrest in clear violation of its own law of Burma'. He however did not express surprises at the move, as 'adherence to the rule of law is not their forte'. "The Burmese junta remains deeply concerned about her (Suu Kyi) appeal to the Burmese people, especially in the wake of their denial of relief to millions of its own people after Cyclone Nargis," added Jared Genser, who also serves as a legal counsel to Ms Suu Kyi.
The Nobel Laureate Ms Suu Kyi, who spent more than 12 of the past 18 years in detention, was last arrested on May 23, 2003 after the Deepayin massacre. Her house arrest was last extended on May 25, 2007. Therefore, her fifth and final year of house arrest allowable under Burmese law had already expired on May 24, 2008, it asserted. Even the Amnesty International in its latest report too describes that the 'human rights situation in
Ban ki-Moon had however earned disapproval from some critics as he did not purse for Suu Kyi's release during his meeting with Than Shwe. But he later made it while talking to media in
But at the end, it is widely understood that that following his personal initiatives, the military rulers of Burma had finally agreed to allow the foreign aid workers, irrespective of their nationalities, to go to the Irrawaddy River Delta areas, where the cyclone Nargis prevailed over on May first week to kill thousands of people and make another thousands families homeless.