UN human rights chief calls for `immediate` release of Suu Kyi

Last Updated: Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 10:29

New York: A top human rights official of the United Nations on Wednesday asked the Burmese military junta to release "immediately and unconditionally" all political prisoners including the popular democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
"I deplore the ongoing persecution of a democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi for almost a quarter of a century," Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said.

"I am seriously disturbed by her arbitrary detention and the basis of charges against her, an event that was clearly beyond her control, with the court failing to properly review the legitimacy of her house arrest in the first instance," Pillay said.

Her statement comes a day after a Myanmar court sentenced the 64-year-old leader for another 18 months of house arrest. The judgement was condemned by leaders across the world.

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First Published: Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 10:29

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