Statement of Carolyn B. Lamm, President, American Bar Association RE: Conviction and sentencing of former Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 12, 2009 – “The Aug. 11 conviction and sentencing of former Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 more months of house arrest reflect an ongoing affront to the just rule of law by Myanmar’s military junta. The sentence, imposed ostensibly for breaching an already unjust confinement, is not supported by due process or international law. The American Bar Association calls upon the government of Myanmar to observe and respect the full range of human rights to which Suu Kyi, her co-defendants and the Burmese people are entitled under the most fundamental precepts of international law, including free and fair democratic elections.”
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