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Aung San Suu Kyi Appeals, Six Pro-democracy Advocates Detained

In Foreign Affairs, human rights, Injustice, inspirations, television on October 26, 2008 by Editor Z


Longtime non-violent resistance leader to the ruling Burmese Junta and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi is appealing a decision by the Military Junta this past May to extend her home detention sentence in Myanmar, just as her period of detention was to be up this year.

Associated Press:

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A lawyer for Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday that he has filed an appeal with the country’s military government against her detention.

Kyi Win said the appeal, delivered Wednesday by his assistant, was based on nine grounds including the fact that “she was never a threat to the security of the state.”

Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi has been detained continuously since May 2003. There is a worldwide campaign urging her release.

The 1975 anti-subversion law under which she has been confined without trial says detentions of up to five years at a time are permissible for those who could be a threat to public order.

Her house arrest was extended by one year in May this year, an apparent violation of a law that stipulates that no one can be held longer than five years without being released or put on trial. More>>>

The Myanmar Junta is something straight out of George Orwell’s writings as mentioned in this piece. A land where adoration is to be lauded upon the ruling military regime to its people and where the concepts of justice and freedom are in the shortest of supplies. A land where people can’t prosper, participate in the decisions of the state, or even simply live their lives without the intrusion of an intransigent old guard and the absolute adherence to the demands of their rulers. They are also effectively separated from the rest of the world.

Most forms of communication — including telephone, radio, TV, Internet and other media — is heavily censored or sinisterly monitored.

In a propaganda twist, the junta recently pasted the Orwellian label back onto Suu Kyi’s supporters and also onto minority ethnic guerrillas who have fought for more than 50 years for autonomous or independent enclaves — separatist fights which Suu Kyi opposes.

“In his essay ‘Politics and the English Language,’ well-known writer George Orwell of the early 20th century states many terms that have become meaningless after being often misused by politicians,” the government-controlled New Light of Myanmar newspaper said on Oct. 9, in a lengthy critique headlined: “Saboteurs in Disguise of Democracy Activists.”

The paper warned: “Such terms as ‘freedom’, ‘democracy’ and ‘justice’ are used so often in a dishonest way, that they have lost their original meaning.

“Many anti-government groups in Myanmar often, and variously, use those words. Some of those groups are subversive elements to the core.”

It was only last Fall that torrents of Buddhist monks and other non-violent pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets of Myanmar, to demand to have a say in the course of their future in what became known around the globe as the Saffron Revolution. Tragically since then, this small nation in Asia has faded back into obscurity, but the regime there is just as oppressive as ever, as they continue to quell opposition and keep their opponents bound in the chains and prison cells of the state.

Bloomberg News:

Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) — A Myanmar court has handed down jail terms to six members of the country’s pro-democracy party for their part in last year’s monk-led protests, Agence France- Presse reported.

The six were imprisoned yesterday in Mandalay to serve between two and 13 years each, AFP said, citing Nyan Win, a spokesman for the National League for Democracy party. A senior party member, Win Mya Mya, was sentenced to 12 years in jail.

About 200 party members were detained during and after the marches of September 2007, known as the saffron revolution, in reference to the color of the robes worn by monks who led the protests, AFP said

It is people like these prisoners and intriguing figures such as Aung San Suu kyi that reminds us that the world does still have oppressed peoples as well as moral leaders in the mold of Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Lets hope that they can make thier nation into a better world.

Related:

> Here is an article from 2007 of the “Saffron revolution”, as well as some heroing pictures of demonstartors who braved both storms and gunfire to rally against the governing Junta there.

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