Friday, October 16, 2009

Statement on Suu kyi Sentence

Statement on Suu kyi Sentence

By Eternal Vigilance

Recalling that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi won the last election held in Burma (Myanmar) in 1990 and that those results were ignored by the ruling military junta who then imprisoned her unjustly.

Recalling that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the only living Noble Peace Laureate under detention

Recognizing that the current charges against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi are both a sham and illegal.

Furthermore that this action by the military junta causes major damage to the process of national reconciliation and indicates that the upcoming 2010 elections will be a farce.


We call for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi, currently held in the notorious Insein Prison and request that the new charges against her be dropped. We are concerned that her health is poor due to both low blood pressure, dehydration and the detention of her primary physician, Dr. Tin Myo Win, who was also detained, but released on the evening of May 16th by the military and was not allowed to administer medical attention to her.

We call on the military regime of Burma (Myanmar) to release all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, and commit to work to resolve the critical human rights situation in Burma.

We call on democratic governments to develop a systematic effort to improve human rights in Burma (Myanmar) where there is a critical human rights situation.

We call on the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to request and lobby for her release.

We call on the UN Security Council to demand the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

We request that the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) send envoys immediately to Burma (Myanmar).

We resolve to seek to raise awareness on the plight of the at least 2,100 identified political prisoners in Burma (Myanmar) currently serving unjust prison sentences for defending human rights and democracy in Burma (Myanmar).


Ahmad Batebi, Iranian Human Rights Defender

John Suarez, Cuban Democratic Directorate

Carlos González, Respekt Institut Czech Republic

José Gabriel Ramón Castillo, Proyecto Cuidadano Cubano

Soe Aung, National Council of the Union of Burma

Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Stop Child Executions (Iran)

Gibreil I. M. Hamid, Darfur Peace and Development Centre

Pavel Morozau, The Third Way community (Belarus-Estonia)

Gonzalo Himiob Santomé, Venezuelan Human Rights Defender

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