24 March 2009
ARTICLE 19 today welcomes the opinion of the expert body of the UN announcing the irrefutable illegality of imprisoning democratically-elected Aung San Suu Kyi, and calling on the Burmese military regime to release her.
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has issued an opinion that the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal under international law. Crucially the WGAD has also rejected the regime’s domestic justification by stating that the detention is even illegal under
“Let the words of the decision be spread loud and clear, particularly in
Aung San Suu Kyi was elected prime minister in 1990 but was arrested immediately by the military for representing a threat to the “security of the State or public peace and tranquillity”. She has spent 13 of the past 19 years living in detention without access to the outside world.
Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
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