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Aung San Suu Kyi

"Free speech curtailed in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanma..."

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Aung San Suu Kyi AC Burmese pronunciation: [àʊɴ sʰáɴ sṵ tɕì]; born 19 June 1945) is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma. In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% (392 of 485) of the seats in Parliament. She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010, becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners.

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Myo Yan Naung Thein, secretary of the ruling party’s central research committee, is on trial for criminal defamation, accused of insulting the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

He has been detained without bail since early November, when he criticised the army’s response to attacks by Rohingya Muslim militants in a Facebook post.

“This is not insulting – this is just criticising, with facts,” says Ma Cho. “This is freedom of speech.”

He is one of dozens of people arrested on similar charges under the rule of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.

Many expected the party – a large number of whose members are former political prisoners – to bring a swift end to prosecutions brought under broad and repressive laws. Instead, they have sky-rocketed.

PEN Myanmar says at least 38 people have been charged with online defamation since April, most under the notorious Article 66D of the Telecommunications Law. Although the legislation was created by the previous military-backed administration to cover the booming telecoms sector, between 2013 and 2015, it was used just seven times.

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Installing a blatant puppet President is a terrible idea and a recipe for disaster. Suu Kyi can now effectively hang on to power forever because she doesnt have to play by the rules. In spite of her international exposure and standing, being the puppet-master pulling the strings is not exactly democratic. Burma is not progressing toward Democracy. It is progressing toward a populist dictatorship.

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I once thought Aung San is an opportunist and traitor who received US sponsor in exchange for pushing for a US "democratic" puppet in Burma. But since her fall out with US in recent years, I now know Aung San has the best interests of her country in mind. Aung San shows us being a patriot and a democrat isn't necessarily mutually exclusive in Burma.

on October 13, 2015

Daniel Whampson Burma

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