Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma’s opposition party faces trial today, accused of breaking the terms of her house arrest (which has went on 13 of the last 19 years) because an American man, John Yettaw, swam to her house uninvited and refused to leave her house.
The nature of Aung San Suu Kyi’s crime? According to the Brisbane Times:
The police report says Ms Suu Kyi and her two maids offered the US national John Yettaw food and drink after he swam to her house and then stayed there between May 3 and 5. It says Mr Yettaw also made a visit last November when Mr Yettaw left a copy of the Book of Mormon at her house for her to read, it said.
According to Amnesty International:
On May 14, 2009, Aung San Suu Kyi and two of her assistants, Khin Khin Win and Khin Khin Win’s daughter, were taken from Daw Suu Kyi’s home to Insein Prison. Insein Prison is known to be a harsh facility with substandard conditions of detention including poor food and poor medical care. Reliable reports beginning in early May confirm that while still confined in her Yangon home Aung San Suu Kyi had been suffering from dehydration, low blood pressure and weight loss. Her medical condition makes her transfer to Insein Prison at this time doubly serious.
Today is a Global Day of Action for Aung San Suu Kyi. Campaigning for Human Rights and Democracy in Burma reports that “demonstrations will take place in more than 20 cities, including London, Bangkok, Sydney, San Francisco, Pretoria, Perth, Ottawa, Tokyo, Melbourne, Canberra, Taipei, Toronto, Indiana, Barcelona, Paris, Stockholm, Barcelona, Boston, Cadiz, Sevilla, Washington DC, and Kuala Lumpur.”
They have an online action calling for the UN and ASEAN to take immediate action to secure the release of Aung San Suu Kyiat:
Amnesty International has an online action to Burmese officials as well, with a link on the Burmese country page:
Why is the Burmese government so afraid of Aung San Suu Kyi?