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Burmese Government Warns Suu Kyi to End Political Activity

on July 1, 2011

The Burmese government yesterday warned pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to “end political activities,” in a letter addressed to her and the chairman of her political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).  

The government disbanded the NLD as a political group because it refused to participate in last year’s elections. The government is now saying that since the NLD has been disbanded, it needs to re-register as a social organization. The NLD had claimed that the elections would be unfair and refused to bring legitimacy to process by fielding candidates. Their suspicions were based on past experience, in 1990, the NLD won a majority of the vote, but the incumbent junta refused to give up power and cancelled the results. 

The Burmese government claims it is on the road to democracy, but its actions have not backed this claim. Their recent harassment of the biggest pro-democracy party is yet another indication that the new government continues to embrace policies of the past.

PHR urges the international community to continue support for pro-democracy movements in Burma and to maintain pressure on the Burmese government to act in accordance with its pro-democracy words.

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