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Great Seal Joint Statement by Female Foreign Ministers Condemn Violation of Aung San Suu Kyi's Human Rights
New York, New York, September 11, 2000
Copy released by the Office of the Spokesman
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Following is the text of the Joint Statement released in New York by Female Foreign Ministers:

"We are appalled at the actions of the Burmese regime in holding Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders of the National League for Democracy under house arrest and constant surveillance. Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues have been tireless champions for democracy in Burma. They give voice to the disenfranchised of Burma whose hopes for a just, democratic society have been suppressed for too long. Freedom of speech and freedom of movement are fundamental, internationally-recognized human rights. The Burmese Government's restraints on Aung San Suu Kyi and other National League for Democracy leaders are an affront to people throughout the world.

"We call on the Burmese Government to stop its harassment of the democratic opposition and begin immediately a dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratic leaders aimed at reconciliation among the Burmese people."

The following Foreign Ministers signed the text:

Madeleine K. Albright, Secretary of State, United States of America; Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Foreign Minister, Austria; Nadezhda Mihailova, Foreign Minister, Bulgaria; Maria Eugenia Erizuela de Avila, Foreign Minister, El Salvador; Maria Soledad Alvear Valenzuela, Foreign Minister, Chile; Lydia Polfer, Foreign Minister, Luxembourg; Dr. Andrea Willi, Foreign Minister, Principality of Liechtenstein; Lila Ratsifandrihamanana, Foreign Minister, Republic of Madagascar; Lilian Patel, Foreign Minister, Malawi; Rosario Green, Foreign Secretary, Mexico; Nkosazana Zuma, Foreign Minister, Republic of South Africa; Maria E. Levens, Foreign Minister, Suriname; Anna Lindh, Foreign Minister, Sweden.

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