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- From: Winston_Lee@xxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 08 Apr 1997 16:24:00
Subject: AP: Burma Leader Calls for Action 04/08/97
Burma Leader Calls for
Tuesday, April 8, 1997 10:04 am EDT
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Burmese democracy leader
San Suu Kyi appealed in a smuggled videotape today
international intervention to protect her
followers from Burma's
The tape, seen in Bangkok, was to be played today
United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva.
The regime has denied a U.N. investigator on human
to the country. Suu Kyi has been under virtual
house arrest in
Rangoon since November and messages from her are
``I put the political rights of the National
League for Democracy
and others working for democracy in Burma as the
important item on the agenda of the Human Rights
Suu Kyi said.
The tape was made before a parcel bomb exploded
Sunday at the
home of Lt. Gen. Tin Oo, a member of Burma's
ruling State Law
and Order Restoration Council. His eldest daughter
but he escaped injury.
No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.
Council of the Union of Burma -- a Thailand-based
dissident movements -- contended today that the
only have been planted by persons with
However, Burma said the bomb had been mailed from
Japan. In a
statement, the Burmese government said it
Burmese dissidents were to blame.
Suu Kyi espouses political change only through
for which she won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.
She said in the tape that her party's rights were
importance because the government already had
crushed all other
democratic political parties operating nationally
Her party won 82 percent of the vote in a 1990
that the junta refused to honor. A U.N. General
resolution that year urged Burma's authorities to
election results and institute democracy.
Suu Kyi urged the United Nations to see that the
implemented and not to ``just regard it as a piece
Since May 1996, the military government has
launched a series of
crackdowns on Suu Kyi's party, arresting hundreds
sentencing many to long prison terms.
Several party members have been forced to resign,
Suu Kyi said.
The actions against her party, she said, show
``how far the
authorities are prepared to go to prevent
democracy from taking
root in Burma.''
Suu Kyi also urged the Thai government to stop
refugees back to Burma and to allow the U.N. High
Commissioner for Refugees to help them.
More than 15,000 Karens have fled a recent Burmese
offensive, joining an estimated 70,000 refugees
already living in Thailand. The Thai government
has denied forcing
anyone to return.
However, refugees, Thai villagers and some Thai
told The Associated Press that refugees have been
into Burma. The United States, the European Union,
Nations and human rights groups have urged
Thailand to stop the
? Copyright 1997 The Associated Press
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