Aung San Su Kyi released

Images here, live coverage here, BBC video here.

The Guardian reports: Zoya Phan, international co-ordinator at Burma Campaign UK, has described Aung San Suu Kyi’s release as a public relations exercise by the military junta, which should not be mistaken for a step towards democratic reform. She said: “I am thrilled to see our democracy leader free at last, but the release is not part of any political process, instead it is designed to get positive publicity for the dictatorship after the blatant rigging of elections on November 7. “We must not forget the thousands of other political prisoners still suffering in Burma’s jails.”

There are more than 2,200 political prisoners in Burma held under vague laws frequently used to criminalise peaceful political dissent, according to human rights campaigners.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Burmese passport, issued in New York on 9 December 1970. She refused to get a British passport – though she was entitled to one, being married to the British academic Michael Aris. It was, and still is, illegal in Burma to have dual nationality. From: Aung San Su Kyi family photo album.

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