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August-31-00

Prominent Burmese Woman Political Leader's Human Rights Suppressed

Aung San Suu Kyi, the first woman from Southeast Asia to win the Nobel Peace Prize, is currently protesting the Burmese (Myanmar) military restrictions on her freedom of movement. Elected in 1990 while under house arrest as leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi's human rights continue to be violated. She demonstrated against the Burmese military recently with a 7-day protest in her car. Aung San Suu Kyi is forbidden to travel outside the country or meet with her supporters. The United States Department of State and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan have publicly condemned the Burmese military for imposing restrictions on Aung San Suu Kyi's freedom of movement.

Media Resources: BBC News (http://news.bbc.co) 31 August 2000, Reuters (http://reuters.com) 30 August 2000, The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com) 30 August 2000