Aung San Suu Kyi

An ailing 63-year-old Nobel laureate, who happens to be the most popular leader of Myanmar (Burma), is being further traumatized by the brute military junta that has locked her up in her house for most of the past two decades.

The Burmese democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, faces as long as five years in the country’s most notorious jail after new charges were brought against her over a bizarre intrusion earlier this month at the lakeside home where she lives under house arrest, reports The Times of London.

“Ms Suu Kyi, whose detention without charge was due to expire in a fortnight’s time, now faces a criminal trial after an American man dodged the security cordon surrounding the house by secretly swimming across the Inya Lake in central Rangoon.” More here…

She has already spent more than 13 years – including the past six – in detention without trial for her nonviolent campaign to restore democracy in Burma. Despite international pressure for her release, the military junta has looked the other way.

“The news of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is still vague; she is reported to be on an intravenous drip after suffering dehydration and difficulty eating at the end of last week.

“There is no website, no speeches, pamphlets or communiqués — just the image of the lean, unsmiling, silent woman with the flower behind her ear whose National League for Democracy (NLD) won 80 per cent of the seats in Burma’s only fair election in 1990. But the stubborn simplicity of Ms Suu Kyi is the great strength of herself and her movement.” More here…

(Photo above courtesy Aye Aye Win/AP)

SWARAAJ CHAUHAN, International Columnist
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