Our Group’s Letters of Concern Helped Release Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma
Aung San Suu Kyi is the winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.
Aung San Suu Kyi is also the leader of the opposition party, The National League for Democracy. She was taken into “protective custody” by government officials following violent clashes between her supporters and those of the government on May 30, 2003. Many people were injured, including Aung San Suu Kyi, who is believed to have suffered cuts to the face and shoulder when the window of her car was shattered by a brick. Her injuries were not thought to be serious.
Aung San Suu Kyi had been held in virtual isolation since her re-arrest in Northern Burma on May 30, 2003, and subsequent her house arrest in August of 2003.
On May 27, 2006 the Burmese administration chose to extended the house arrest of Suu Kyi by another year and consistently extending the house arrest for many more years afterwards.
She had been under virtual incommunicado detention at her lakeside home since 2003 and has spent much of the past 16 years under house arrest.
A barricade where the complex of her house begins and a barricade at its end are said to be manned by clusters of watchful guards. It is reported that Suu Kyi has only one cook for company and is visited by a doctor once a week. She does not have access to a telephone but is said to be allowed television and radio.
In the winter of November 2009, I visited Burma, met members of her banned political party and i also visited the barricaded street on which she was being held.
The Global Importune letter signing group began sending letters of concern on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi to officials in the government Burma sometime around June 2003.
She was RELEASED on November 10, 2010.
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