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ASEAN Lawmakers Demand Burma Release Aung San Suu Kyi


A group of lawmakers representing countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is demanding that Burma release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi when her house arrest term expires.

The Association's Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, in a statement issued today, expressed concern that authorities will extend the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's house arrest when her current term comes up for review May 27th. The group urged lawmakers in Burma to press the government to act in accordance with international standards on human rights.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained without a trial for 11 of the past 17 years. Burma's military government has consistently extended her house arrest since she was last detained in 2003.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in 1990 elections. But Burma's government has refused to recognize the results and has prevented the NLD from taking office.

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