25 March 2008
Time to release Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Aung San Suu KyiThere are more than 1,850 known political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the best-known.

The co-founder of Myanmar's main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi is also one of the country's best-known political figures and campaigners for human rights.

Aung San Suu Kyi has endured unofficial detention, house arrest and restrictions on her movement since 1989, all aimed at preventing her from becoming the national leader of Myanmar. She has been under house arrest since July 2003.

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Take ActionAung San Suu Kyi is also a member of the global Elders but, because she is under strict house arrest, she cannot join them in their international work celebrating and promoting the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Her continued absence is a powerful reminder of the unrelenting repression in Myanmar and what must be done to make human rights a reality.

For more information about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and three other prisoners of conscience from different generations, please see:
Myanmar: Eighteen years of persecution

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Dear Minister
This year, the world celebrates the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrined indivisible human rights for every person 60 years ago. The Myanmar government must also recognize human rights in Myanmar, most urgently in relation to the detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all other prisoners of conscience.
I strongly urge the Myanmar authorities to release all long-standing prisoners of conscience, including Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of the NLD, senior political representatives of the ethnic minorities, members of student activist groups, and monks and other religious leaders.
The Myanmar authorities must also reveal the identity and location of all detainees, guarantee their well-being and allow immediate access to them.
I urge you to ensure that all people in Myanmar are able to peacefully exercise the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly without fear of harassment, intimidation or arbitrary detention, in line with international human rights standards.

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November 22, 2011

India

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and three other prisoners of conscience must be freed without any further delay.

November 22, 2011

India

For more information about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and three other prisoners of conscience must be freed without any further delay.
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