UN rights expert urges Myanmar to free Aung San Suu Kyi

17th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

A UN envoy on Myanmar on Thursday urged the country's military regime to release detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, made his renewed appeal after a UN working group ruled for the sixth time since 1992 that her detention was arbitrary.

"I urge the government of Myanmar to heed the call of an independent United Nations human rights body to immediately release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi," he said in a statement.

Quintana called on the military government "to release all prisoners of conscience in order to create the conditions for an inclusive election process and to demonstrate that it intends to take a more serious and sincere approach to its international obligations to uphold human rights."

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, has been in detention for 14 of the past 20 years. Her National League for Democracy (NLD) has been forcibly dissolved.

© 2010 AFP

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