Posted by: Duncan Chowdhury | July 3, 2009

Ban Ki-moon visits Myanmar

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has arrived today in Myanmar to have talks with the top generals of Myanmar to press them to free all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi is under house arrest and at present under trial for allowing an American citizen who swam the lake and entered her home. She will be sentenced for several years of imprisonment if found guilty. The outcome of the trial is is easily predictable, because, it is very easy to understand that the military junta’s wans to debar her from the multi party election next year as promised, while convicting her in an offence.

One must not hope much as the outcome of the Ban Ki-moon’s visit and dialogue with the leaders of the Myanmar, perhaps her sentenced could be suspended and she could return to house arrest. She has been under house arrest for 14 years in the past 20 years since 1989 in her lakeside home in Yangon.

One question still remains unanswered. It is natural to understand that when Suu Kyi is under house arrest then her house is being guarded by the authorities to prevent trespassers as well as Suu Kyi to go out of the house. Any trespassing should be subject to prosecution but why the resident of the house is held responsible for this.

On the other hand it can also be said that the security of Suu Kyi is at stake, when intruders have access to her home inspite of the protection arranged by the authorities.


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