Arrest

Burma

The BBC has started a series of articles about life in Burma

I was only in Burma for a short time, but I quickly found out how uncomfortable it is to be under surveillance

The article reminds us of the plight of Nobel Prizewinner Aung San Suu Kyi, and further reading reveals that she may be ill at the moment

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has spent most of the past two decades under house arrest. She has been in 'protective custody' continuously since 2003

Aung San Sun Kyi's detention

As expected, Burma, aka Myanmar, is to extend the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi by another year. This is becoming an annual formality.

Aung San Suu Kyi was elected as leader of Burma, but the military junta has refused to recognise the result.

As of today, she has been under house arrest for 10 years and 34 days. The ten year anniversary was last month.

In an unrelated move, the junta has relocated the capital in the last few weeks. Speculation is that they're worried about a US attack, but this makes no sense to me, as the US could equally well attack a new location. A cynic might say that the chances of Bush looking at Burma is small.... they don't have oil, do they?

See also: The Free Burma coalition, the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's pages and this article on prospects for Burma, Internet Censorship in Burma (which makes the great firewall of China look positively permissive)