Saturday 13 November 2010

Release of Aung San Suu Kyi

It was nothing short of uplifting to hear earlier today that Aung San Suu Kyi, who has campaigned for democratic change in Burma through dialogue and not violence, has finally been released from house detention.

She was granted the Freedom of the City of Dundee in 2008, a small part of a huge international campaign to see Aung San Suu Kyi released and to recognise her courageous stance in defence of freedom.

Great challenges, however, still lie ahead for Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma.    As Nick Clegg said at PMQs earlier this week :

"I strongly agree that those elections were a complete and utter sham. Their conclusion was already decided well before they took place, with reserved seats for the military, and reserved seats for parties that were put up by the military. They are simply swapping their military uniforms for civilian clothing, but keeping their iron dictatorial grip on the people of Burma."

As her attorney said today - Release Doesn't Equal Change :