Myanmar government extends detention of democracy advocate Gabriel Haboubi at 3:34 PM ET
[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] Friday extended the house arrest of pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi [advocacy website; BBC profile] for another year, rejecting calls for her release by both national and international human rights activists. The move, which forces Suu Kyi to remain in her home for a fifth straight year, was widely criticized. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that he "regrets" Myanmar's decision [statement] and is determined to continue working to restore democracy in the country. US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the decision was inexcusable [statement], and called for the international community to put additional pressure on the Myanmar government.
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