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Is Daw Suu doomed? Let's act!
By Laura Vasconcellos
Aug 3, 2006, 10:00am

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WE, PEOPLE OF THE FREE WORLD, WON'T LET IT HAPPEN. EVEN THOUGH THIS IS NOT A GOOD TIME DUE TO MIDDLE EAST CRISIS AS ATTENTIONS ARE TURNED TO THAT PROBLEM. ANYWAY OUR VOICE SHOULD BE HEARD IN DEFENSE OF THAT GREAT WOMAN AND THE VALUES SHE STAND FOR. SO LET'S SEND E-MAILS, WRITTE LETTERS, TALK, DO WHATEVER IT TAKES SO THAT WE CAN BE HEARD...I SUGEST TO RE-SEND AGAIN LETTERS TO THE UNITED NATIONS WHICH TEXT I SEND IN ATTACH FILE.
THANKS AND LETS FIGHT FOR DAW SUU AND FOR JUSTICE.
LAURA

From Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's page

Burma's military regime warned the world's most famous political prisoner, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, that her days "are numbered," and she is "heading for a tragic end."

The ominous condemnation on Wednesday (July 5) said Suu Kyi, 61, was in "her final days," and guilty of "betraying the national cause while relying on aliens," including the United States, Britain and the European Union.

Suu Kyi remains under house arrest inside her two-story villa in the former capital, Rangoon, where she has languished for more than 10 of the past 16 years.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party (NLD) won a landslide election victory in 1990, which the regime ignored.

"Attempts to translate into reality the 1990 election results are in vain," the military junta said.

"The days of [Mrs.] Suu Kyi and the NLD are numbered. They are heading for a tragic end," the government said in its official English-language newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar.

Burma, also known as Myanmar, is the biggest country in mainland Southeast Asia, and one of the world's worst human rights abusers, according to London-based Amnesty International, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, and other monitors.

The regime's harsh litany against Suu Kyi comes amid demands by Washington that the United Nations Security Council push Burma to release her, along with hundreds of other political prisoners, and allow her National League for Democracy to form a government.

Next-door China, however, is Burma's strongest military, economic and political ally and uses its seat on the Security Council to block attempts to pressure Burma.

Describing the conditions under which she would be freed, the unelected government said, "Definitely, the restrictions imposed on her will be lifted on the day" when Suu Kyi stops demanding democracy.

"The restrictions will never be lifted until she abandons her practice of the liberal policy," it said, indicating a possible future renewal of her house arrest, which was extended in May for another year.

Burma is currently suffering U.S.-led, international economic sanctions which are supposed to pressure the government into freeing Suu Kyi and permitting democracy.

"Due to the economic sanctions placed by one of the western countries, 160 garment factories had to be closed and 40 factories had to reduce the laborers," the regime said.

"The closure left about 80,000 people, including over 70,000 women, jobless. While struggling for living, some women fell victim to human trafficking."

In America, Europe and elsewhere, some critics have said economic sanctions have worsened the plight of unskilled and semi-skilled workers, especially women in Burma's garment industry.

Many females have resorted to prostitution and other desperate measures to make ends meet, because of sanctions against foreign investment and the blocking of Burmese exports to the West.

Suu Kyi has endorsed the sanctions, and has asked foreign tourists not to visit the Buddhist-majority country which displays a myriad of ancient temples and quaint towns smothered in an atmosphere of political repression, poverty and despair.

The top layers of the regime, meanwhile, circumvent the sanctions by doing business with willing neighbors in Asia, including China, Thailand, India, Malaysia and Singapore.

"Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy pose the most dangerous threat to the nation," the report said, blasting them as "traitors relying on foreign countries."

Her NLD is "a rightwing political party following liberalism" and "an anarchist political party."


Attachment:

Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations

As a citizen of the world and a supporter of freedom, justice and democracy, I would like to express my deep concern for the present situation of the Nobel Prize Winner, Daw Aung Suu Kyi, whose military junta that rules her country is threatening, in this very moment, as you can see for the statement:

Burma's military regime warned the world's most famous political prisoner, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, that her days "are numbered," and she is "heading for a tragic end."

The ominous condemnation on Wednesday (July 5) said Suu Kyi, 61, was in "her final days," and guilty of "betraying the national cause while relying on aliens," including the United States, Britain and the European Union.

We also plead for all burmese citizens, mostly the ethnic minorities as the Karen, Shan and others, living under a military regime that constantly violates the most basic human rights: The relocation policy must end; the use of child soldiers must end; the rape of women must end; the imprisonment without a trial must end; the lack of freedom must end; the lack of justice and fairness must end; the home detention of the Nobel Prize Winner and true and rightfully leader of the country Aung San Suu Kyi must end; torture must end; executions must end; forced labor must end; trafficking people must end; religion discrimination must end.

Abuses by the SPDC military are widespread and the burmese live in the darkness of tyranny -- but the light of freedom shines in their hearts. They want their liberty and it is our duty, the so called people of the free world, to lend a hand to our brothers and sisters from Burma/Myanmar.

As you well know the situation worsens every day and people and suffering. A lot has been spoken about it in the last months, but unfortunately nothing as been done and the military government of Myanmar is laughing at our faces. Without a decisive Security Council action the killings and abuses will not stop. We understand the pressure put on to the UN with this terrible crisis in the Middle East, but please sir don’t let down that extraordinary woman that so much has given to the world as an example of true and right values.

I urge you, sir, to take action in order to change the situation and renew our faith in the human values that we are supposed to live by.
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