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10 June 2006

Burma's jailed Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi hospitalized

More human wrongs from the only sovereign tyranny on Earth with the distinction of imprisoning a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In a free election in 1990, the people of Burma overwhelmingly chose Aung San Suu Kyi and her party to govern. The military junta ignored the election and has kept Aung San Suu Kyi in prison or under house arrest and incommunicado for ten of the last 17 years.

Please do not travel (even a day trip from Thailand) and spend money in Burma/Myanmar, and if you have any opportunity to boycott any market activity (beware particularly of hardware store hardwoods, insist on knowing their country of origin before you buy) that will benefit the brutal junta, please boycott anything that will benefit the junta.

Notice that the US State Department is demanding Aung San Suu Kyi receive good medical care, but has forgotten to demand that she be freed from house arrest, and has long since forgotten to demand that the election she and her party won install her into office.

Fuck the junta. Free Aung San Suu Kyi. Free Burma.


Associated Press
Saturday 10 June 2006

Myanmar's Suu Kyi
Released From Hospital

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was taken to a hospital Friday with a stomach ailment but her condition has improved and she has returned home, a spokesman for her party said Saturday.

Nyan Win of the National League for Democracy party said that Suu Kyi was taken to hospital on Friday but was returned home after her condition improved.

Anti-government activists in the United States, citing contacts from inside Myanmar, had said Friday that Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel peace laureate, had been hospitalized with severe diarrhea.

Thaung Htun, the New York-based U.N. representative for a self-styled Myanmar government in exile, said Suu Kyi was taken to the hospital sometime after 3 p.m. on Thursday after she called her physician because of diarrhea and weakness.

There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy in dates for her hospital treatment.

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BBC News
Friday 9 June 2006 20:28 GMT 21:28 UK

US worried over
Sui Kyi's health

The US has expressed deep concern about reports that Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been taken to hospital.

A state department spokesman said he could not confirm the reports but urged Burma's military rulers to assure she had any necessary medical assistance.

Ms Suu Kyi has been held since May 2003, and has spent 10 of the last 16 years under house arrest.

Burma recently said she would be held for another year under house arrest.

"We have seen those reports ... We are, of course, very concerned," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in Washington.

"We would call upon the Burmese government to provide Aung San Suu Kyi any and all medical assistance that she might need and to do so expeditiously and to ensure her safety during any treatment," he said.

Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won an overwhelming election victory in 1990.

But the victory was never recognised by the junta, which has ruled the country -- which it calls Myanmar -- since a coup in 1962.

Ms Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, while still under house arrest.

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Reuters India
Friday 9 June 2006 19:04 India Standard Time 14

Myanmar confirms
Suu Kyi detention
extended a year

PA-AN, Myanmar (Reuters) -- Military-ruled Myanmar confirmed on Friday that democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest had been extended for one year.

Police general Khin Yi confirmed the 27 May extension order during a press conference with reporters on a government tour of Karen state.

Information Minister Kyaw Hsan, who also addressed the conference, said there had been talks between Suu Kyi and the junta before her detention was extended.

"Yes, there were," Kyaw Hsan said without giving details of the discussions.

A government source said last month a military official had met the Nobel Peace laureate and discussed conditions for her release, presumably restrictions on her freedom of movement.

"As far as we know, the plan to lift her house arrest became abortive when the talks between the regime representative and her failed," the source said.

Western governments and rights groups have condemned the extended house arrest of Suu Kyi, who was detained in May 2003 after a clash between her supporters and junta backers.

She has been under some form of detention for 10 of the last 17 years.

The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to put pressure on the former Burma to change its policies.

However the U.S. initiative is likely to be strongly opposed by veto-wielding permanent council members China and Russia, as well as by Japan, an elected member that lacks veto power.

Kyaw Hsan said Yangon [Rangoon] would oppose the U.S. campaign with the help of "friendly nations", but he did not identify them.

"Myanmar does not pose any threat to the international community or to any neighbour," he said.

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