myanmar junta sentences aung san suu kyi to more house arrest

Yesterday in Myanmar, the government once again showed the world that they suck, when a court convicted democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi of violating her house arrest by allowing an uninvited American to stay in her home: Myanmar's Suu Kyi convicted, returned to isolation.

Her sentence of three years in prison with hard labor was quickly commuted to 18 months house arrest after an order from the head of the military-ruled country, Senior Gen. Than Shwe. Here's the White House's statement on her conviction:
Statement by the President on Aung San Suu Kyi's conviction and sentencing

The conviction and sentencing of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi today on charges related to an uninvited intrusion into her home violate universal principles of human rights, run counter to Burma's commitments under the ASEAN charter, and demonstrate continued disregard for UN Security Council statements. I join the international community in calling for Aung San Suu Kyi's immediate unconditional release.

Today's unjust decision reminds us of the thousands of other political prisoners in Burma who, like Aung San Suu Kyi, have been denied their liberty because of their pursuit of a government that respects the will, rights, and aspirations of all Burmese citizens. They, too, should be freed. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. I call on the Burmese regime to heed the views of its own people and the international community and to work towards genuine national reconciliation.

I am also concerned by the sentencing of American citizen John Yettaw to seven years in prison, a punishment out of proportion with his actions.
The 64-year-old Nobel Peace laureate has been in detention for 14 of the last 20 years, and the extension will remove her from the political scene next year when the junta holds its first election since 1990. Her party won in the polls then but was never allowed to take power.

Now, she returns to isolation, where her nonviolent struggle for democracy continues. More here: Burmese Activist Receives New Term of House Arrest. And here: Myanmar junta returns Suu Kyi to house arrest.

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