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Arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi

Arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi

Published on May 15, 2009
Joint statement by Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner and Minister of State responsible for Foreign and Human Rights Affairs, Rama Yade

Paris, May 14, 2009

France utterly condemns the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi and her transfer to Insein prison.

This decision is even more unacceptable in that the Nobel Peace Prizewinner’s health has deteriorated over the past several days. We reiterate our condemnation of her doctor’s arrest last week.

France holds the Burmese authorities responsible for the conditions under which Aung San Suu Kyi is being detained and for any further deterioration in her state of health. Her release is becoming more urgent than ever.

France again condemns the Burmese authorities’ repeated human rights violations. She calls on the Burmese government to release unconditionally Aung San Suu Kyi and the leaders of the Burmese opposition and begin a necessary dialogue with them, the only way to confer on the elections scheduled in 2010 a legitimacy and credibility which, in the current circumstances, they totally lack.

We are keen to discuss the political and human rights situation in Burma with our European Union partners at Monday’s General Affairs and External Relations Council meeting./.

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