For Immediate Release: 11 April
BURMESE JUNTA: RELEASE SUU KYI
Jakarta: A group of activists
representing human rights organizations from East and Southeast
Asia today renewed calls for the immediate release of Burmese
democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. They also called on the Government
of Indonesia to take a stronger stand on democracy and human
rights in Burma.
Burma's democracy leader has
been illegally detained for over 11 years and her detention
order expires on May 27, 2007. The activists have challenged
the junta to uphold their recent statement on Army Day that
human rights abuses "do not exist in Burma" and release
the Nobel Peace Laureate.
"The regime has previously
promised to release her. Now they say there are no human rights
violations in Burma. If that's the case, they should release
Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners immediately."
said Debbie Stothard, Coordinator of Altsean-Burma (the Alternative
ASEAN Network on Burma). There are more than 1,100 prisoners
of conscience living in deplorable conditions in Burma's notorious
The activists from Burma, Indonesia,
Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand who
were at a Regional Team Meeting also condemned the regime's
worst offensive in 10 years against the ethnic Karen. Over the
past 16 months, the war has displaced 27,000 civilian Karen
and weapons fire has spilled over into Thailand.
They urged Indonesia, their
respective governments and the international community to stop
the incarceration of Aung San Suu Kyi, and the raging offensive
against unarmed civilians.
"The international community
must be clear that they will not tolerate these serious human
rights abuses any longer. Indonesia should use its position
on the UN Security Council to push for change in Burma. We need
this now. The people of Burma have been suffering too long,"
asserted Hseng Noung from the Women's League of Burma.
Yesterday, the activists attended
a public forum on Burma on Indonesia's Foreign Policy and Democracy
in Burma. The Forum, organized by the Civil Society Coalition
on Burma (KMSUB) featured speakers from Burma as well as Indonesia
Parliamentarian Andreas Pareira.
Tri Agus Siswowiharjo, KMSUB.
Tel: + 62 815 803 1814 or 0815 803 1814
Debbie Stothard, Altsean-Burma. Tel: + 66 81