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Title: Statements made by ASEAN + China on the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi
Date of publication: 25 May 2009
Description/subject: Statements by Myanmar, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, China between 15 and 25 May 2009
Source/publisher: Media
Format/size: pdf (81K)
Date of entry/update: 31 May 2009


Title: Reports and articles on the trial from "Mizzima"
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Mizzima"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 May 2009


Title: Reports and articles on the trial from "The Democratic Voice of Burma"
Description/subject: Type trial in the search box, top left.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Democratic Voice of Burma"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 May 2009


Title: Reports and articles on the trial from "The Irrawaddy"
Description/subject: 1.Confusing Testimony, Conflicting Reports Emerge from Yettaw Trial 2.Media Watchdog Criticizes ‘One-Sided’ Coverage of Suu Kyi Trial 3.Singapore’s Goh Raises Suu Kyi’s Trial in Naypyidaw Talks Regime Reportedly Divided Over Suu Kyi Sentence
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy"
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.google.co.th/#hl=en&q=Reports+and+articles+on+the+trial+from+%22The+Irrawaddy%22&meta=&f...
http://www.irrawaddy.org/highlight.php?art_id=15765
http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=15776
http://www.irrawaddy.org/print_article.php?art_id=15901
http://www.irrawaddy.org/print_article.php?art_id=16517
Date of entry/update: 30 May 2009


Title: Reports and articles on the trial from BurmaNet News
Language: English
Source/publisher: Various sources via "BurmaNet News"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 01 June 2009


Title: Reports from Mark Canning on the trial of Daw Aung SAn Suu Kyi
Description/subject: Mark Canning is the British Ambassador in Rangoon
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Guardian"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 November 2010


Title: Results (mainly news items) of a Google seach for: Aung San Suu Kyi trial
Description/subject: 2,390,000 results (11 June 2009)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Google
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 11 June 2009


Individual Documents

Title: GUILTY AS PLANNED
Date of publication: 07 October 2009
Description/subject: The SPDC’s sentence that extended Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest for another 18 months further demonstrates the military regime's ambitions to silence Burma’s greatest hope for peace and national reconciliation. The sentencing of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a vicious part of the SPDC’s “roadmap” to ensure that the most viable pro-democracy candidates will be unable to run in the 2010 elections..... “Guilty as planned” covers the trial and sentencing of Daw Aung Suu Kyi, the recent SPDC crackdown on pro-democracy advocates, as well as the broad condemnation of the SPDC’s actions from the international community."• On 11 August 2009, following an 86-day sham trial, the military regime sentences Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to three years in prison with hard labor for allegedly violating the conditions of her house arrest. Shortly after the verdict’s announcement, SPDC Chairman Sr Gen Than Shwe commutes the sentence to 18 months to be served under house arrest. • On 2 October, the regime denies Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal on her conviction, which effectively bars her from participating in the SPDC’s planned 2010 elections. • The sentencing of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a vicious part of the SPDC’s “roadmap” to ensure that the most viable pro-democracy candidates will be unable to run in the elections. • UN Special Rapporteur on human right in Burma Tomás Ojea Quintana says that the continuation of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest was a “blow” to the SPDC’s roadmap. • In September, the number of political prisoners reaches a record high 2,211. Over the past 12 months, Burma’s military regime has sentenced 351 dissidents to prison terms, including 86 NLD members, 50 members of the 88 Generation Students group, and 25 Buddhist monks. • With a few exceptions, the the international community broadly condemns the trial and conviction of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.".... 1 DAW SUU CONVICTED; 2 Baseless trial, scripted verdict; 3 SPDC divided under pressure; 4 Climate of fear; 4 Roadmap to prison... 5 INT’L REACTIONS: 5 ASEAN; 6 Thailand; 6 Indonesia; 6 Malaysia; 6 Philippines; 7 Singapore; 7 Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam; 7 China; 7 India; 8 UN; 8 US; 9 EU... 9 THE LADY SPEAKS: 9 Dialogue; 10 Constructive engagement; 11 Sanctions, investment, tourism; 11 Humanitarian aid; 11 Role of the military... 12 TRIAL TIMELINE... 17 INT’L REACTIONS... 22 LEGISLATORS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (281K)
Date of entry/update: 07 October 2009


Title: As Burma Draws Fire, Asean Gets Burned
Date of publication: July 2009
Description/subject: "Asean leaders forge a tougher policy aimed at speaking the truth to Burma’s military government, but the generals fire back in words and armed clashes against ethnic Karen along the border...Needless to say, Burma has remained a major source of concern as regime leaders recently detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi inside the notorious Insein Prison, ignoring the outcry of regional leaders and the international community. If Burmese leaders are finding it difficult to find excuses to confine the Lady of the Lake, Asean leaders also are facing a dilemma: how to nurture the rogue regime into democratic reconciliation..."
Author/creator: Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 17, No. 4
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2009


Title: Confusion in the Court
Date of publication: July 2009
Description/subject: While the case against Aung San Suu Kyi remains shrouded in deliberate obfuscation, the likely outcome seems clear... John William Yettaw had it easy. Swimming across Inya Lake with a backpack containing a camera, two sets of Muslim women’s clothing and a veritable toolbox of other items was no doubt hard going for the 54-year-old diabetic. But it was probably a cakewalk compared to the task of trying to get to the bottom of the case against him and his famous co-defendant, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Author/creator: Neil Lawrence
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 17, No. 4
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2009


Title: A Struggle between Truth and Injustice - A Comprehensive Report on The Unfair Trial of Democracy Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Date of publication: 19 June 2009
Description/subject: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: "Due to intrusion of an American citizen into her residence compound in May 2009, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was taken into custody by the State Peace and Development Council. She, not her guards, was accused of violating terms of her house arrest, a sentence she began serving approximately six years ago. The recent trial of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi appears politically motivated and is a way for the SPDC to continue her custody from Insein prison. Since the beginning of her house arrest in 2003, the SPDC declared Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s detainment was a temporary 'protective custody.' Her original sentence was extended last year, although current laws in Burma suggest an extension was illegal. This year the SPDC is attempting to extend her detention under the pretext of a show trial in order to prevent her participation in the current political process and 2010 parliamentary election. The military regime may be attempting to permanently purge Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from Burma's political scene. The National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) compiled data and information regarding Daw Aung San Suu Kyi' trial. This report demonstrates this trial is politically motivated, procedures and sentencing do not follow existing Burmese law, highlights the weaknesses and injustices in the legal process of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial, and shows how flawed the legal system in Burma is under the SPDC military rule. It also points out the 'crisis of Constitution', the term Daw Aung San Suu Kyi used to symbolize the trial. This comprehensive report includes transcripts of the trial of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her two colleagues that reside in her residence. This report includes information from sources inside Burma and refers to articles printed in the state-run news paper 'New Light of Myanmar'..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) Research and Documentation Unit
Format/size: pdf (781K)
Date of entry/update: 19 June 2009


Title: Don't neglect rural Burma in calling for Suu Kyi's release
Date of publication: 04 June 2009
Description/subject: "The arrest of the American John Yettaw on May 5th 2009, Burma's pro-democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was charged with violating the terms of her house arrest, moved to Insein Prison and put on trial. The international community has responded to these events with a flurry of attention on Burma not seen since Cyclone Nargis last year. Heads of State, activists and newspaper editors have renewed calls for her immediate release. At the same time, Burma Army operations in Karen State and other rural ethnic areas along with their associated human rights abuses remain ongoing and widespread. Yet once again the situation of abuse in rural Burma has been marginalised in favour of the more high profile political drama in the country's urban settings. In calling, quite rightly, for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the international community must neither neglect the situation of abuse in rural Burma nor miss current opportunities to support those who face this abuse..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Right Group Commentaries (KHRG #2009-C1)
Format/size: html, pdf (50 K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/sites/default/files/khrg09c1.pdf
Date of entry/update: 16 November 2009


Title: Character Assassination, or Something Worse?
Date of publication: June 2009
Description/subject: "Burma’s rulers may take their efforts to silence Aung San Suu Kyi a step further... THE ruling generals in Naypyidaw must be smiling as their nemesis goes to trial charged with a crime that they did nothing to prevent. In Burma, that is the kind of perversion of justice that truly delights the country’s brutal junta. The case against Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been accused of violating the conditions of her house arrest by allowing a “guest” to stay overnight in her home, is as ludicrous as it is outrageous. But the people of Burma are not laughing, because they know the consequences of this absurd episode could be deadly serious..."
Author/creator: Kyaw Moe Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 17, No. 3
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 June 2009


Title: Chronicle of a Cooked-up Crime
Date of publication: June 2009
Description/subject: "As rumors swirled around the arrest and trial of Aung San Suu Kyi and her uninvited American visitor, The Irrawaddy pieced together the known facts of this bizarre case..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 17, No. 3
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 June 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 29 - MAY 2009
Date of publication: May 2009
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Daw Suu’s show trial; Timeline; Solidarity with Daw Suu; International outrage; ASEAN turns up the heat; ASEM & ASEAN-EU meetings; UNSG and UNSC; ASEAN MPs slam SPDC... INSIDE BURMA: A rock and a hard place; Escalating violence; Nargis one year on; War on children... HUMAN RIGHTS: ICC campaign; Freedom of information; Detention conditions; Forced labor... DISPLACEMENT: Chasing the tail; BDR push back; Death in Malaysian camps... INTERNATIONAL: US and EU sanctions... ECONOMY: Empty baskets; Full of gas; Corporate social responsibility... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (200K)
Date of entry/update: 07 June 2009