Suu Kyi’s “Sham” Trial Begins: U.S. Renews Sanctions Against Myanmar

May 18, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Burmese human rights and pro-democracy activist, Aung San Suu Kyi, 63-years old, is being held in Rangoon inside the bowels of notorious Insein Prison, known as the “darkest hell-hole in Burma,” after her recent arrest by Burma’s military junta regime for violating the terms of her house arrest.

Her closed “sham” trial began on Monday inside the prison, which is expected to run for several months, and if convicted, Suu Kyi would be imprisoned for an additional five years, after spending the last 13 years of her life in some form of detention.

Suu Kyi’s recent troubles began earlier this month when a 53-year old American citizen, John Yettaw swam to Kyi’s home uninvited, using a pair of homemade flippers. After refusing to leave, she allowed the man to stay for two nights and offered him food.

Yettaw’s motives are unclear. He made an unsuccessful attempt to see Suu Kyi in November, leaving behind a Mormon Bible.

The military junta proceeded to arrest Kyi, claiming the man’s presence violated the terms of her house arrest restricting visitors. Kyi, while under house arrest was guarded by military police, denied visitors and had her phone lines cut.

Suu Kyi’s house arrest was due to end on May 27 after six years, and many international observers view her latest arrest by the military regime, as a barely disguised pretext to keep her detained until the so called “elections” planned in 2010, viewed by western countries as a sham to provide the military regime with international legitimacy.

Keeping Suu Kyi, the recognized voice and leader of the National League for Democracy, NLD, under wraps in prison, unable to offer a voice of dissent during the planned rigged elections, is believed to be the real motive behind her latest arrest.

Suu Kyi, a much beloved and respected heroic figure, and Nobel Peace prize winner, is the voice and face of the human rights abuses suffered by the people of Burma under the notorious military regime headed by junta leader, Senior General Than Shwe.

The military regime changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, killing thousands and committing horrendous human rights violations against the Burmese people to quash dissent and retain power

She is viewed by the military regime as a serious threat to its hold on power, since the 1990 elections when Kyi’s NLD party won a landslide victory. The military regime stepped in denying the NLD party power and has held a firm grip on the country ever since, with more than 2,000 political prisoners held in Insein Prison.

Countries around the world have decried the military junta’s human rights abuses, and imposed sanctions. President Obama renewed U.S. sanctions against Myanmar on Friday and the EU, which just renewed its sanctions in April, is now calling for tougher sanctions.

Since her recent arrest and imprisonment, western governments, the United Nations, human rights groups and Nobel laureates have condemned the trumped up charges against the soft spoken, Suu Kyi and called for her release. What if any, impact, international condemnation will have on the actions of Myanmar’s military junta remains to be seen, but for the past 20 years they have had little effect.

Meanwhile, peace activist Aung San Suu Kyi sits in one of the worst prisons in the world, where physical and emotional torture are commonplace in the filthy hell hole and diseases, such as HIV AIDS, tuberculosis, scabies and dysentery are rampant.

Suu Kyi is said to be in poor health and if sentenced to a five year sentence in Insein Prison, she may not survive and may very well end up dying alone in a dank cement cell, unless increasing International pressure for her release succeeds.



3 Responses to “Suu Kyi’s “Sham” Trial Begins: U.S. Renews Sanctions Against Myanmar”

  1. Ronn Ritke on May 18th, 2009 11:36 am

    It is time for the whole world to unite and free this strong but tiring lady from her prison and so called charges. If ASEAN has ANY meaning why is is not stepping up and pressuring Myanmar (Burma) to release her today or kick them out of ASEAN?
    Really why is that not happening right now?
    Why aren’t ALL world leaders speaking up about this brave lady?
    Thank you for speaking up Jimmy Carter – please help keep the worlds eyes on this poor, brave soul and help free it.
    In particular that means pressure from the neighbor governments of China and India. BTW, leaders in China and India – oil and gas is available from others countries so quit giving Myanmar (Bruma) a pass on their inhuman treatment of in incredible, brave lady or would you also like to be treated that way ………..

    To quote Peter Gabriel from the song Biko, “and the eyes of the world are watching now, watching now”
    leaders of Myanmar – good luck putting out that fire haha – there is some other fire waiting for each of you .,…..know what I mean!

  2. bvongrabe on May 19th, 2009 7:45 am

    Let me see whether I have this correctly: a 53-years old American swims at night accross a lake, uninvited enters the house of Aung San Suu Kyi, is asked to leave but claims he has chest pains, stays for two days and thus causes a new trial and a ten year continuation of the 13 years house arrest of the opposition leader.
    Now, why would anyone, even an American do that? I get it, the CIA owes the Junta! Maybe, just maybe Mr. Leon Panetta has an answer!

  3. moekhane on May 19th, 2009 9:24 am

    we don”t want this na ah pha. we want to NLD winner LEADER SU KYI

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