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    Suu Kyi charges : Thailand officially expresses "concern" via ASEAN

    US Secretary of State Clinton urges immediate release of Suu Kyi
    By Deutsche Presse Agentur

    Washington - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the government of Burma to immediately release democratic activist Aung San Suu Kyi, calling the latest charges against her "baseless."

    Suu Kyi was taken from house arrest to a prison in Rangoon to hear charges related to an unauthorized visit by a US citizen to her home. Clinton said that the charges were a pretext for keeping Suu Kyi locked up once her current term ends this month.

    "I am deeply troubled by the Burmese government's decision to charge Aung San Suu Kyi for a baseless crime," Clinton said. Myanmar was formerly known as Burma.

    Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for six years for leading the opposition movement against Burma's ruling military junta. The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner could face an additional three to five years in prison if convicted.

    The US citizen, identified as John William Yethaw, apparently swam in a lake to reach Suu Kyi's home.

    The United States has expressed concern about the health of Suu Kyi, 63, who heads the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, which won the 1990 election but has been denied power by the junta.

    She was scheduled to be released May 27.

    Suu Kyi was charged Thursday with allowing an unauthorized US national to visit her Rangoon. She was brought to Rangoon's Insein Prison to hear charges against herself, her two maids and her doctor for allowing an unauthorized visit from Yethaw.

    The trial was scheduled to begin Monday, Suu Kyi's attorney Kyi Win said.

    The Nobel laureate was taken from her family compound Thursday and kept at Insein Prison after the hearing.

    If found guilty, Suu Kyi could face a sentence of three to five years in jail for allowing the unauthorized visit, he said.

    The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, which Suu Kyi leads, immediately criticised the trial.

    "Daw (Mrs) Aung San Suu Kyi, who was nearly due to finish her house arrest term, has been placed in a bungalow house in Insein Prison under Section 22 of Safeguarding the State although she has not admitted to any crime," the NLD said in a statement.

    "This is the cunning plan of the regime to put Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in continuous detention beyond the six years allowed by the law they used to justify (her) detention," said Aung Din, executive director of the US Campaign for Burma.

    Suu Kyi, known to be in poor health, has been kept in near- isolation for the past six years with only weekly visits by her doctors allowed and occasional visits by United Nations special envoys.

    Suu Kyi, the only Nobel Peace Prize laureate currently under detention, was interrogated last week about Yethaw's visit after the 53-year-old was arrested May 6 while swimming away from Suu Kyi's house.

    She reportedly told authorities that she deemed the visit "illegal" and "unacceptable" and had kept Yethaw downstairs in her home-cum-jail for his entire stay, sources said.

    In New York, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Ban called for Suu Kyi's release and called her "an essential partner" for dialogue in Myanmar's national reconciliation process. He called on the junta "not to take any further action that could undermine this important process."

    "As he has said repeatedly, the secretary general believes strongly that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all those who have a contribution to make to the future of their country must be free to be able to do so to ensure that the political process is credible," a spokesperson quoted Ban as saying.

    The United Nations special expert for human rights in Myanmar (Burma) also called for the "unconditional release" of Suu Kyi.

    Tomas Ojea Quintana, the special rapporteur, said the detention of Suu Kyi was unlawful, both according to international law and Burma's own domestic legislation.

    The UN expert said the opposition leader could not be blamed for the intrusion into her home.

    "Since her house is well guarded by security forces, the responsibility for preventing such intrusions, and alerting the authorities, lies with the security forces and not with Aung San Suu Kyi and her aides," Ojea Quintana said.

    He also said that "all 2,156 prisoners of conscience currently detained by the authorities should be released before the 2010 elections."

    Other governments including Germany and Norway condemned Suu Kyi's detention.

    The Foreign Ministry in Berlin said it was "very deeply concerned about her situation and health." A spokesman, Jens Ploetner, said the Myanmar government should drop the charges and end her state of house arrest.

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    Re: US Secretary of State Clinton urges immediate release of Suu Kyi

    USA should be asking China to put pressure on Rangoon-as the Generals are unlikely to take notice of anyone else in the world.

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    with love Re: US Secretary of State Clinton urges immediate release of Suu Kyi

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    USA should be asking China to put pressure on Rangoon-as the Generals are unlikely to take notice of anyone else in the world.
    Are you serious? Since when China cares about USA questionings ?

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    BTW. Long time no see.

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    Re: US Secretary of State Clinton urges immediate release of Suu Kyi

    Quote Originally Posted by Intahobe View Post
    Are you serious? Since when China cares about USA questionings ?
    When it is to their benefit - for trade negotiations or some other tradeoff - as with most countries - it's more about how it can benefit you - rather than really caring.

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    Re: US Secretary of State Clinton urges immediate release of Suu Kyi

    Quote Originally Posted by misterA View Post
    When it is to their benefit - for trade negotiations or some other tradeoff - as with most countries - it's more about how it can benefit you - rather than really caring.
    Precisely. Burma's Junta is to a large extent dependent on China's continued goodwill, economically and politically, China suffers from US import tariffs among other things, so....

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    Re: US Secretary of State Clinton urges immediate release of Suu Kyi

    Burma complaints build

    Three Asean members oppose Suu Kyi charges

    By: THANIDA TANSUBHAPOL AND AGENCIES

    Three Asean members - Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia - have raised concerns about Burma's move to lodge new charges against detained Aung San Suu Kyi, and called for her release.



    Kasit: Public needs to know

    Burma, itself a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, has lodged fresh charges against the Burmese democracy icon, stemming from an incident in which an American swam across a lake to stay at her house.

    The move by the three countries is seen as unusual. By convention, Asean members do not intervene in each other's internal affairs.
    Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said yesterday all countries were concerned about the credibility of any Burmese probe into the US man's action.

    "What we would like to know is what the truth is, what the intent of that US man is, how could he pass the security guards surrounding Mrs Suu Kyi's house, who is behind this and is there some sort of conspiracy?" Mr Kasit said.
    "I don't know. But I think the facts should be told to the public."
    Mrs Suu Kyi and her two maids will go before the court on Monday.
    Mr Kasit hoped the process would be transparent and Mrs Suu Kyi's period for detention would not be extended further.

    "We would like to see Mrs Suu Kyi and political prisoners released, as reflected in the Asean chairman's statement at the 14th Asean summit in Cha-am last March," he said.

    Mrs Suu Kyi is facing five years in jail on charges of breaching the terms of her house arrest after a bizarre incident in which a US man swam to her off-limits lakeside house in Rangoon.
    The incident came just a few days before the expiry of her most recent six-year detention order om May 27.

    She faces a new trial on Monday, and the jail term if convicted of the new charges would keep her behind bars past an election due next year.

    The elections are part of a so-called "roadmap" to restore democracy that the country's ruling junta has pledged to adopt.
    International critics have said the process will be a sham if she and her party are excluded.

    Thailand is rotating chairman of Asean.

    Mr Kasit said Thai ambassador to Rangoon Bansarn Bunnag has been assigned to consult other Asean ambassadors based in Burma about the Asean position.

    The US embassy in Bangkok has also contacted the Thai government and told it that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would call the Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan or Mr Kasit about the situation.
    Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday expressed concern about the health of Mrs Suu Kyi and the country's long-delayed "roadmap" to democracy.

    Mr Abhisit said the 10-nation bloc had been urging Burma to adopt an inclusive political process.

    "Clearly her health condition is of concern, and that should be a concern for everybody," he said at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong.

    Meanwhile, Singapore said yesterday it was dismayed after Burma lodged new charges against Mrs Suu Kyi.
    "We reiterate the call for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from detention. We are also concerned about recent reports on her poor health," said the Singapore foreign ministry.

    Indonesia also urged Burma to release Mrs Suu Kyi and drop the new "arbitrary" charges against her.
    "The Indonesian government is very concerned about the arbitrary detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and we are hoping for a legal process so we know the basis for her detention," foreign ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said."The charges against her are not appropriate."

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