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[Statement] Call for the international community to protest and take immediate measures against the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi in Insein Prison.

20 May 2009


Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy leader, the Noble Peace Prize winner, who had been placed under house arrest, was taken to Insein Prison in Rangoon together with two attendants on 14th May 2009 by the Myanmar military regime. The regime announced that she has been charged with violating the terms of her house arrest in connection with an American man's entry into her house last week and it will set up the first hearing of her trial on 18th May 2009.
It is concerned that this detention in the infamous Insein Prison which is known for its harsh imprisonment conditions might contribute to the deterioration of her health condition since it has been reported that she has been in an extremely poor state of health.
Her house arrest is unwarranted and arbitrary, and an illegal suppression of democracy and the international community including the UN Human Rights Council resolution (2nd October 2007) has called for her immediate release in concert. Last year, the military regime extended her detention sentence, which has been expired since 27th May 2008, for one more year without warrant. It is obvious that this prosecution for violation of the terms of her house arrest is unlawful.
It is also obvious that the military regime's intention lies in undermining pro-democracy forces against the 2010 general election, taking Aung San Suu Kyi in custody after 27th May 2009. This detention has revealed that it is impossible to carry out a fair election in this circumstance.
Human Rights Now, a human rights NGO based in Tokyo, strongly protests about the military regime's egregious proceeding against Aung San Suu Kyi.
The international community also should change its lukewarm attitudes against the military regime, strongly condemn its rash acts and place more pressure on the regime in concert not to arbitrarily extend the detention or the house arrest sentence of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Human Rights Now requests governments including Japan to take clear stances on this issue immediately and engage more strenuously in diplomatic efforts.