Myanmar military regime extends house arrest for pro-democracy leader

[JURIST] Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; official website], the detained pro-democracy leader of Myanmar [official website] - formerly Burma - has had her house arrest extended for an unconfirmed time period by the country’s military government, according to a Monday statement from the National League for Democracy (NLD) [advocacy website], her political party. Her detention without trial for 10 of the last 16 years has been accomplished under a broad anti-subversion law [text], which provides for one-year extensions of detentions. Suu Kyi was first held by the military after she was taken into custody in May 30, 2003 after she was attacked by a pro-junta mob during a political tour. Last year, the Supreme Court of Myanmar dismissed lawsuits filed by the NLD [JURIST report] demanding Suu Kyi's release. Myanmar's military government is currently detaining over 1,100 political prisoners [JURIST report]. AP has local coverage.



 

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