News / 

U.S. deplores Suu Kyi's extended detention



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

Washington (dpa) - The United States on Monday said extending the detention of Burmese democratic activist Aung San Suu Kyi was a step in the "wrong direction" by Myanmar's military junta and called for her immediate release.

"The United States deplores the extension of Aung San Suu Kyi's detention," U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.

Suu Kyi was jailed in May 2003 after an attack on her convoy by militants supported by the regime. The Nobel peace laureate was later transferred to house arrest.

"The regime has failed to charge Aung San Suu Kyi with any criminal offence, instead making the incredible assertion that she is being held for her own protection," McCormack said.

"The extension of Aung San Suu Kyi's detention is yet another step in the wrong direction by Burma's military leaders," he added.

Myanmar's rulers ordered Suu Kyi to remain under house arrest for at least another six months after her detention period expired on Sunday.

The 60-year-old democracy activist has spent most of the past 16 years in prison or under house arrest, since first being detained in 1989. The United States toughened sanctions on Myanmar in 2003 after her arrest.

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said Monday he was "deeply disappointed" by the extension of her custody.

Copyright 2005 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast