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South Africa drags feet in democracy struggle: Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday criticised South Africa for stalling on awarding a visa to the Dalai Lama and for lacking “enthusiasm” in fighting for democracy elsewhere. “Sometimes we get the feeling perhaps that South Africa, or rather I must be frank and say perhaps South…

Myanmar opens junta-dominated parliament

NAYPYIDAW – Myanmar’s new junta-dominated parliament opened on Monday as lawmakers assembled in secrecy following a widely panned election for the country’s first legislative session since the late 1980s. No foreign media representatives were allowed to witness the event or even take photographs of the new parliament building where elected…

US calls for democratic Myanmar

The United States called Thursday on Myanmar to free prisoners and engage in dialogue to promote democracy, as the military-led country prepared to mark its independence on January 4. The State Department congratulated Myanmar, also known as Burma, on its 63rd independence anniversary but hoped for “the day when Burma’s…

Myanmar people get Q and A with Suu Kyi

WASHINGTON — Radio Free Asia has launched a question and answer show with Aung San Suu Kyi, giving the people of military-ruled Myanmar the rarest of opportunities to communicate directly with the democracy icon. The US-funded broadcaster is airing weekly Burmese-language segments on Friday evenings with the 65-year-old opposition leader,…

Obama calls Aung San Suu Kyi ‘a hero of mine’

US President Barack Obama welcomed the release of Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday, calling her “a hero of mine” and saying it was time for the Myanmar junta to free all political prisoners. “While the Burmese regime has gone to extraordinary lengths to isolate and silence Aung San Suu…

Myanmar frees democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s military government freed its archrival, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, on Saturday after her latest term of detention expired. Several thousand jubilant supporters streamed to her residence. A smiling Suu Kyi, wearing a traditional jacket and a flower in her hair, appeared at the gate of her compound…

Myanmar court shuns Suu Kyi detention appeal

Lawyers for the Nobel peace laureate believe she will be released on Saturday regardless of the Supreme Court decision, but they had hoped she would also be acquitted to prove her innocence. If she is freed, the 65-year-old, who has spent much of the past two decades locked up, will…

Myanmar ‘preparing for Suu Kyi release’

Preparations are under way for the expected release of Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, officials said on Wednesday, after the army’s proxies claimed a landslide election win. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has spent most of the past two decades locked up, is due to be…

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