Socialist International calls for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi

3 September 2003

The Socialist International condemns the continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi by the military regime in Burma and reiterates its call for her immediate and unconditional release.

The concern of the International is heightened by reports that Suu Kyi has initiated a hunger strike to protest her three-month confinement in an unknown location. The International is appalled that Suu Kyi has been cut off from all outside contact and holds the regime fully responsible for her health and safety.

The International further calls for the release of the dozens of members of the National League for Democracy who were detained along with Suu Kyi during the attacks against members of the democratic opposition by the military and police on 30 May.

The International is pleased by the increased pressure on the Burmese regime in recent months by the international community, including ASEAN, but calls for greater efforts still in demanding that Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners be freed and that concrete steps be taken toward real political change.

The Socialist International has always backed the people of Burma in their fight for fundamental human rights and democracy and once more expresses its full support for Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy, who remain so bravely in the forefront of the struggle.