THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release November 13, 2010
Statement by the President on the release of Aung San Suu Kyi
While the Burmese regime has gone to extraordinary lengths to isolate and silence Aung San Suu Kyi, she has continued her brave fight for democracy, peace, and change in Burma. She is a hero of mine and a source of inspiration for all who work to advance basic human rights in Burma and around the world. The United States welcomes her long overdue release.
Whether Aung San Suu Kyi is living in the prison of her house, or the prison of her country, does not change the fact that she, and the political opposition she represents, has been systematically silenced, incarcerated, and deprived of any opportunity to engage in political processes that could change Burma. It is time for the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, not just one.
The United States looks forward to the day when all of Burma’s people are free from fear and persecution. Following Aung San Suu Kyi’s powerful example, we recommit ourselves to remaining steadfast advocates of freedom and human rights for the Burmese people, and accountability for those who continue to oppress them.
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|By BA KAUNG|
|Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma's pro-democracy movement, has been released from house arrest after seven and a half years in detention.|
|By KO HTWE|
|A number of politicians, including ethnic leaders and some who ran in last week's election, say they hope to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi soon after her release.|
| INTERVIEW |
|By THE IRRAWADDY|
|As the world awaits Suu Kyi's release, senior NLD leader Win Tin talks to The Irrawaddy reporter Ba Kaung about what lies in store for 'The Lady.'|
|By RAZALI ISMAIL|
|Former UN Special Envoy Razali Ismail sought to negotiate between the opposition party and the military regime from 2000 until 2005. He recalls his meetings with Burma’s most famous prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi.|
|By THE IRRAWADDY|
|In an interview conducted in August 22, 2002, Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi spoke to Irrawaddy editor Aung Zaw about developments in Burma.|
|By SAW YAN NAING|
|A joint force of Burmese army and BGF troops has begun conducting searches of Brigade 5 soldiers' homes as it secures the border town.|
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