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New York, February 11, 2011--Burma's new government under Prime Minister Thein Sein must put an end to the former military junta's despicable policy of imprisoning independent journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The most recent case to come to light is the 13-year sentencing of Maung Maung Zeya in a trial held within Insein Prison on February 4. Staff at the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), for which the journalist worked, confirmed the decision to CPJ. Maung Maung Zeya was convicted for contacting Burmese exiled media and violating the Electronics Act.
By Nov 21, 2010 8:50AM UTC Burma’s government ordered more than 80 people at a shelter for patients with HIV and AIDS to leave following a visit by newly freed democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the center’s organizers said Saturday. Suu Kyi, released a week ago from seven years under house arrest, visited the shelter on the outskirts of Yangon on Wednesday, promising to provide it with badly needed medicines. She also addressed a crowd of more than 600 who came to see her. A day after her visit, government officials told patients they would have to leave by next week or face legal action because the center’s permit was not being renewed, said Phyu Phyu Thin, a pro-democracy activist who founded the operation. By law, home owners must seek government permission every two weeks to allow visitors to stay overnight.
Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday that she had been listening to the radio for so long, it was good to hear some real human voices. It was good also to hear her voice, after the last seven years of house arrest. Her unconditional release was expected to have caused a dilemma for the military junta which repressed it for so long. It may still do so, but her first words in liberty may have also prompted those who campaigned for her release to rethink their tactics as well. She called for national reconciliation, including an honest dialogue with those who jailed her.
At the front of the headquarters of the National League for Democracy hangs a massive portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi . For most of this decade, that is all the people of Burma have had of her, this best-known picture of "The Lady", head turned to camera, eyes set in a determined stare. But today, after seven long years of house arrest at the hands of Burma's military junta, she was back, standing before her own portrait: the same steel in her eye, but with a voice that urged reconciliation, unity, and an eye towards the future, not the past.
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Newly freed Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi is offering an olive branch to the country's military regime that kept her confined for most of the last two decades. In an exclusive interview with VOA, the 65-year-old Nobel Peace laureate said she and her supporters "are certainly not bent on clashing" with the military rulers. She added, "We hope very much that the regime will understand that clashing is not a solution to Burma's problems." Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest Saturday and was greeted by thousands of supporters as she emerged from her lakeside home. On Sunday, in a speech at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy party, she said freedom of speech is the cornerstone of democracy.
In her first speech to her supporters in seven years, freed Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged them Sunday not to lose hope and called for the country's repressive military regime to allow freedom of speech. "There is no reason to lose heart," she told a crowd of thousands gathered outside the Rangoon headquarters of her National League for Democracy less than 24 hours after she was released from house arrest on Saturday. "The basis of democratic freedom is freedom of speech," she said, adding that she also believes in human rights and the rule of law. "Democracy is when people keep a government in check." She told the crowd - which chanted "We love Suu!" as they waited for her address to begin - that they could achieve what they wanted, but they would have to do it "in the right way."
14 November 2010 Last updated at 00:17 ET The BBC's correspondent in Rangoon witnessed Aung San Suu Kyi's release World leaders and human rights groups have reacted with joy at the release from house arrest of Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Ms Suu Kyi walked from her Rangoon house at the end of her sentence on Saturday, having been detained for most of the past two decades. Her lawyers say no conditions have been placed on her freedom. She is expected to address supporters.