Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar Free at Last

Free at last!

A bit of history

June 12, 2009, Now that the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for more than 13 of the last 19 years, has been adjourned until June 26, it's important to voice outrage toward the Myanmar government and secure world support for her freedom. Human rights and advocacy organizations such as Amnesty International assert that the Nobel laureate would most certainly perish in prison if convicted.

Why is Aung San Suu Kyi on trial? To add insult to the injury of her years of detention for speaking out against the military junta of Myanmar, she was arrested because an unknown visitor swam up to her house!

There are ways to help Aung San Suu Kyi. You can email, fax or call your government representative to speak out in protest to the Myanmar government. You can also sign a petition and add your voice to help this beautiful, graceful, pro-democracy prisoner of conscience.

Looking back

According to the Associated Press, Aung San Suu Kyi's trial was adjourned Friday for two weeks for defense lawyers to call an additional witness who will testify that the case is politically motivated.

Remember, time is running out for Aung San Suu Kyi. If you are reading this before June 26, 2009, let your conscience guide you to taking action on her behalf. If you are reading this after the date of her trial, you still should speak out and help prevent her from going to prision (as opposed to the house arrest that she has endured). Because if she is convicted and imprisioned, she will most likely perish from malnutrition, illness and ill treatment.

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Iðunn 7 years ago

I wasn't aware of it before, but I am now. Excellent informational hub. I'll call my senator.

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Guru-C 7 years ago Author

Thank you, dear Iðunn!

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Iðunn 7 years ago

I haven't forgotten. I read this late Friday, hence the weekend but I shall call on Monday. I promise.

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Guru-C 7 years ago Author

Thank you, thank you, dear Iðunn!

Paul Barasi 7 years ago

My trust is running low. I'm losing faith in the UN if they don't send Justice Observers to Suu Kyi's appeal hearing on September 18 - why aren't more people shouting for this?

My confidence in the USA is decreasing right now because I see them as doing a u-turn.

I have absolutely no confidence in the 2010 elections: anyone who says they do either simply doesn't understand what fixing the new constitution was about or is just playing political games. Anyone who had an issue with the Zimbabwean or Afgan elections hasn't seen anything yet.

And I really am beginning to wonder whose betrayal is worse: the brutal dictator or the leader of a democracy who thinks that just being an armchair critic of the Junta is somehow good enough and is complicit by letting them get on with it.

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Guru-C 7 years ago Author

Thank you so much Mr. Barasi. One thing that is heartening is to see that there are people like you still voicing concern. As citizens of the world, sometimes the only thing we can do is speak out in public forums, chipping away at the injustice. Whenever possible we can sign petitions, write to politicians. Some people march, others demonstrate. Just doing what one can do...

Paul Barasi 7 years ago


While the silence from Hillary Clinton and David Miliband on the Suu Kyi appeal and her exclusion from her own hearing is shatteringly disappointing leadership from the US and UK, there is another worrying question.

Why are the Junta allowed into the UN rather than being suspended from an organisation whose codes they have flouted just about in their entirely?

As conditions in every sense get worse in Burma, and again the Saffron protests will surface and be viciously smashed, history surely teaches that we need a real political solution to escape this downward cycle.

The UN should be facilitating a discussion with Burmese exiles on how the country can best manage democratic transition - without any reference to the phoney 2010 poll.

The agenda could include whether the South African example of peace and reconciliation is the right way forward, making a new start and setting a high humanitarian standard in the world. Maybe too that would be the quickest way of achieving a practical exit strategy for the Junta.

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