Sign up | Log in



Home  >>  Daily News  >>  Myanmar News  >>  Politics  >>  Myanmar junta releases political prisoners, excluding Suu Kyi

19 September 2009
Related Stories

September 11, 2009
Report: Myanmar junta’s gas money kept in Singapore banks

August 29, 2009
Fighting in Myanmar forces 30,000 to cross border to China

August 24, 2009
Myanmar to hold mid-year gems emporium in Oct-Nov

August 23, 2009
Myanmar’s commitment on N Korea sanctions under watch

August 21, 2009
ICG sees ‘opportunity for change; in Myanmar

August 16, 2009
US senator gets jailed American out of Myanmar

August 15, 2009
Asean consensus to seek pardon for Suu Kyi

Myanmar junta releases political prisoners, excluding Suu Kyi

UN chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed Friday the release of a batch of political prisoners in Myanmar but urged the junta to free those still being held, including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, AFP reported.

"The Secretary-General welcomes the release of a limited number of political prisoners as part of a larger amnesty," Ban's spokeswoman Michele Montas said.

Earlier Friday, Myanmar authorities freed two journalists who helped victims of last year's Cyclone Nargis and released several opposition activists as part of an amnesty for more than 7,000 prisoners, according to witnesses.

One of the freed journalists was Eint Khaing Oo, 28, who was arrested in 2008. This year she became the first recipient of an award set up in memory of a Japanese video reporter who was killed in monk-led protests in 2007.

The other journalist was Kyaw Kyaw Thant, who was arrested with her as they took a group of survivors of the May 2008 cyclone to the United Nations head offices in Yangon.

Nargis killed around 138,000 people and left thousands more homeless after battering southwestern Myanmar. The military regime's slow response to the disaster drew international criticism.

Ban renewed his call to Myanmar's rulers "to ensure the release of remaining political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, as a necessary step towards a credible process of national reconciliation and democratic transition."

The UN secretary general, who visited Myanmar in July, has repeatedly pressed for the release of the opposition leader and other political prisoners.

The 64-year-old Suu Kyi was found guilty in July of breaching the terms of her house arrest after John Yettaw, an eccentric US former military veteran, swam to her lakeside villa in May and stayed there for two days.

Myanmar junta leader Than Shwe commuted Suu Kyi's sentence to 18 months under house arrest, but this would still rule her out of elections due to be held next year.

Suu Kyi has been confined for 14 of the past 20 years, ever since the military regime refused to recognise her National League for Democracy's landslide victory in the last elections held in 1990. 


Comment on this Article. Send them to
Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below 





1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2020 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand