Prisoner of the Month July 2006Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi, writer and leader of the National League for Democracy, has spent more than 10 of the past 17 years in detention, much of it in solitary confinement. On 19 June, she marked her 61st birthday under house arrest in her home in Yangon. The military junta recently extended her house arrest for another year.

In May, more than two years after being barred from seeing foreigners, Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed by the junta to meet Ibrahim Gambari, UN Under Secretary General. The UN envoy said after the meeting that Aung San Suu Kyi’s health was good, but reported that she would like visits by her doctors ‘to be more predictable and regular.’

Suu Kyi was last arrested on 30 May 2003 after the regime’s militia attacked her convoy and killed up to 100 of her supporters. Many were also injured, including Aung San Suu Kyi, who is believed to have suffered cuts to the face and shoulder when the window of her car was shattered by a brick.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 1991. She is the author of many books, including Freedom From Fear (1991), Letters from Burma (1997), The Voice of Hope (1997).


Please send appeals calling for her release to:

Senior General Than Shwe

Chairman, State Peace and Development Council

Ministry of Defence

Signal Pagoda Road

Yangon, Union of Myanmar

Fax: 00 95 1 652 624

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