The Burma Campaign UK today called on governments and the United Nations to develop policy based on what is going on in the whole of Burma, not just on what happens to Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi has herself said that the international focus should not be on her alone.
The Burma Campaign UK is concerned by recent statements from world leaders and international organisations that focus solely on whether Aung San Suu Kyi is released or able to take part in elections next year. Aung San Suu Kyi has twice been released before, largely because of international pressure, but the human rights and political situation in Burma continued to deteriorate, as the regime only released her to try to head off international pressure.
At the same time, Than Shwe’s military regime used the instance of her period of freedom in 2003 to try to assassinate her in the Depayin massacre – she narrowly escaped being beaten to death and members of her party were killed by thugs of the regime.
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has even suggested that a ban on new U.S. investment could be lifted if Aung San Suu Kyi were released. It is ridiculous that any Burma policy review is dependent on the outcome of the current trial. Even if Aung San Suu Kyi were released, there would still be war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by the dictatorship in Burma. Ethnic women and girls would still be being raped and killed, there would still be more than 2,100 political prisoners. There would still be no freedoms, no rule of law and no respect for human rights. Continue reading “Aung San Suu Kyi Trial Verdict Alone Should Not Dictate Burma Policy by Burma Campaign UK”