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Burma's Suu Kyi urges international
- Subject: Burma's Suu Kyi urges international
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- Date: Tue, 08 Apr 1997 16:13:00
Subject: Burma's Suu Kyi urges international action to protect her party
Burma's Suu Kyi urges international action to protect
April 8, 1997
2.09 p.m. EDT (1809 GMT)
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Appealing for international help, Burmese
leader Aung San Suu Kyi said in a smuggled videotape shown Tuesday
of her political party are facing increasing persecution.
"We need maximum attention on what is happening'' to the National
Democracy, Suu Kyi said, "because it is an indication of how far the
prepared to go to prevent democracy from taking root in Burma.''
Since May 1996, Burma's military government has staged a series of
harsh crackdowns on Suu Kyi's party, arresting hundreds and sentencing
long prison terms.
She said several party members have been forced to resign under
threats from the
government and other have been rounded up by the army and used to carry
equipment in battle zones.
The tape, seen in Bangkok, was also shown in Geneva during a break in
meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
"I put the political rights of the National League for Democracy and
for democracy in Burma as the most important item on the agenda of the
Rights Commission,'' the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner said.
Burma's military regime has denied a U.N. human rights investigator
access to the
country. Messages from Suu Kyi have become increasingly rare. Her
have been severely restricted since late last year.
The tape was made before a parcel bomb exploded Sunday night at the
home of Lt.
Gen. Tin Oo, one of the most powerful generals of the ruling State Law
Restoration Council. The general's eldest daughter was killed, but he
The bombing has raised speculation of a power struggle in the ruling
no firm evidence has emerged.
No one has claimed responsibility for the blast, but Burmese
Tuesday that the bomb was airmailed from Japan, and they suspected
A government statement said investigators had found "reasons to
believe that the
bomb plot was masterminded by some anti-(Burmese) government groups within
Rebel groups have denied responsibility. Leaders of Suu Kyi's
movement have called the attack "cowardly.''
In Tokyo, a Foreign Ministry official who spoke on customary condition of
anonymity said the ministry was waiting for more information before
whether to ask police to investigate.
In the videotape, Suu Kyi said her party's rights were of paramount
because all other democratic political parties operating on a national
level in Burma
had been crushed.
The League for Democracy won 82 percent of the vote in a 1990 national
that the military refused to honor.
A U.N. General Assembly resolution that year called on Burma's
respect the election results and institute democracy. Suu Kyi urged
Nations to see that the resolution was implemented.
Suu Kyi also urged the Thai government to stop forcing Karen refugees
Burma and to allow the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to help them.
More than 15,000 Karens have fled a recent Burmese army offensive,
estimated 70,000 refugees from Burma already living in Thailand. The Thai
government has refused the UNHCR access to the camps, and has denied
The refugees, Thai village militiamen and some Thai soldiers have told The
Associated Press that refugees have been forced back.