Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's 65th birthday plight shrieks for responses by
the UN, more than 33 million Canadians and all rule of law
Canada's honourary citizen Suu Kyi is always more concerned about
others than herself. She is one of the most admired and beloved
persons on earth. She is the renowned advocate for democracy and the
rule of law. The world is yet again put to shame by the continued and
blatant violations of the rule of law and a host of international
conventions against one of history’s most heroic fighters for human
The Nobel Peace laureate has lived most of the last 18 years under
house arrest imposed by the military junta, which has ruled Burma
since 1962. In the most recent farcical development, the regime
arrested her again after an American stranger swam across a lake to
her home and violated her privacy. She faces the prospect of more
years of confinement. She clearly committed no breach of any Burmese
It is high time that the international community responded with
resolve and principle against the generals’ continuing violations of
the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The UN Security Council and the ASEAN governments must act in unity
now to put pressure on the regime to release Daw Suu Kyi immediately.
Canada must stand up and speak up to protect Daw Suu Kyi as one of our
In addition, General Than Shwe and his accomplices should be charged
with crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court.
Every Canadian should be concerned about the well-being of Daw Suu
Kyi. We should all demand that our government take action now.
In closing, permit me to refer to the contents of a statement made on
June 16th by the award winning American NGO Freedom Now under the
heading: Un Declares Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s
Detention Illegal; Urges Her Immediate and Unconditional Release:
1- "In the judgment from (the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)
…(it) unequivocally reestablishes that the ongoing detention of
Burmese democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal and in
violation of international law. In its opinion, the Working Group
declares that '[t]he continuation of the deprivation of liberty of Ms.
Aung San Suu Kyi is arbitrary, being in contravention of articles
9,10, 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. . .
(she)was not informed of the reasons for her arrest; had no effective
remedy to challenge her detention; no records were given to her; she
was never informed of her rights; she has been denied communication
with the [o]utside world; and is being detained because of her
2-"The UN Working Group… is an independent and impartial body of the
UN Human Rights Council. It currently consists of experts from Chile,
Norway, Pakistan, Russian Federation, and Senegal. This is the sixth
opinion from the Working Group finding subsequent terms of her house
arrest in violation of international law.”
3-"In a recent statement carried by the state-run media, Burma’s
foreign ministry stated it 'is a country that always respects UN
declarations and decisions as it is a UN member country.' If this is
the case, then she should be immediately released. 'Daw Aung San Suu
Kyi will be sixty-five years old this Saturday, June 19th – another
birthday spent unjustly confined,' said Jared Genser, president of
Freedom Now and international pro bono counsel for Ms. Suu Kyi. 'The
military junta continues to flagrantly violate international law and
decisions of the UN Working Group by imprisoning Daw Aung San Suu
Happy birthday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.