Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to a further 18 months house arrest, after a sentence of three years' jail and hard labour was commuted by a Myanmar court on the 11th August 2009.
The sentence comes as a result of charges pressed following a breach of the terms of her incarceration when a US tourist swam to her villa and stayed the night. The allegation and charges arrived as Aung San Suu Kyi was due for release, and the sentencing will mean that she will conveniently remain under arrest as the Junta approaches the first democratic elections announced for 2010.
The sentencing comes as no surprise as San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since May 2003 and has now spent a total of over 14 of the 19 years since her National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in general elections, a result that the generals annulled.
She has been imprisoned for her peaceful protests in calling for democratic reform in Burma. In the last 20 years since her first arrest, she has gained the respect and support of people across Burma and throughout the world including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, which she was unable to collect due to her imprisonment.
While the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) claims to be committed to bringing democracy to Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi along with many other political prisoners remain in detention without having committed any crimes.
After spending such time in imprisonment Aung San Suu Kyi is facing serious illness and failing health, and concerns grow for her well being
In the face of imprisonment and severe repercussions themselves, Burma's brave democracy activists are calling on UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to secure all 2,100 political prisoners release including Aung San Suu Kyi.
With the verdict of Aung San Suu Kyi's trial announced to universal condemnation the UN now faces mounting pressure to secure Aung San Suu Kyi's release together with the release of all other political prisoners held by the regime.
We call for your signature on this petition in order for Suu Kyi's international lawyers to present the support to the Swiss-based Human Rights Council in arguing that the Nobel Peace laureate is being arbitrarily detained.
We seek an emergency ruling by a five-member working group that the court action violates Myanmar's and international human rights laws. While this alone may not be enough to secure her release, this forms the basis for the international community to react and apply the pressure neccesary on Myanmar's ruling generals to secure her immediate and unconditionally release.
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