Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
November 13, 2010


I welcome the long delayed and overdue release of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. At the same time we must not forget that the regime's decision to detain her for the peaceful expression of political views can never be justified.
For more than two decades, Aung San Suu Kyi has stood as an inspiration and provided a voice to those around the world who fight for justice, democracy, and human rights. While Aung San Suu Kyi was not able to participate in the recent elections that were neither credible nor legitimate, it is imperative that the Burmese authorities allow her and other Burmese citizens the unrestricted right to freedom of speech, movement and the ability to participate in the political process.

Burma's long struggle for freedom is far from over. The United States continues to call for the release of the more than 2,100 other political prisoners who languish in the Burmese regime's jails. We call on Burma's leaders to enter into a genuine dialogue with the democratic opposition and ethnic minority groups. Only by taking concrete steps toward national reconciliation and democratic reform can the Burmese regime end its international isolation and build a better future for its people.


PRN: 2010/278