|Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on Burma: Forcible Return of Aung San Suu Kyi
Washington, DC, September 2, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Burmese authorities appear to have forcibly returned Aung San Suu Kyi to her residence in Rangoon at 1:30 a.m. Burmese Standard Time on September 2, 2000. Diplomats in Rangoon have been denied access to her, to the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters, and to other party leaders. At this time, we are unable to confirm her well-being or that of other members of her party. The regime has prevented even the few Burmese who are normally allowed to visit her and diplomats from going near her residence. The regime has also surrounded the National League for Democracy headquarters, and military intelligence agents have reportedly entered the headquarters and taken away files. The regime appears to have placed National League for Democracy Central Executive Committee members under house arrest and cut off their telephones.
The United States is outraged and strongly condemns the Burmese authorities’ treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi and her party members and the violations of their fundamental human rights. The National League for Democracy is a legally constituted political party in Burma that won an overwhelming victory in the 1990 parliamentary elections and obviously enjoys strong popular support. The military regime has refused to recognize the results of that election, has refused to enter into dialogue, and has prevented the National League for Democracy from performing normal political activity.
We call on the Burmese authorities to allow normal access and freedom of movement to Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of the National League for Democracy and immediately to cease all activities aimed at preventing the free exercise of internationally recognized human rights.
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