The United Nations' expert on human rights in Burma has called for the unconditional release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi when her current term of house arrest ends on Saturday.
Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said Thursday that the Burmese government should also free more than 1,000 other political prisoners. He said they have been detained without due process and are denied the most basic liberties.
Aung San Suu Kyi, founder of Burma's National League for Democracy, has been in detention for about 10 of the past 16 years. Pinheiro said she has been in isolation for the past three years.
Her pro-democracy party won popular elections in 1990, but was not allowed to assume power. The military government has since promised democratic reforms but there are few signs of progress.
Information for this report is provided by AP.