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Extended House Arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi Draws International Criticism - 2004-12-01


World leaders have criticized the news that Burma is extending the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy says government officials told the Nobel laureate her house arrest has been extended by one year. She has spent most of the past 15 years under house arrest.

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan Tuesday called for Aung San Suu Kyi's release, saying her detention hampers democratization in Burma. That appeal was echoed by the United States, Britain and Australia.

The National League for Democracy won Burma's 1990 elections, but the military never agreed to hand over power.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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