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Aung San Suu Kyi

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what new diplomatic steps she plans to take on the imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi. (143981)

We have repeatedly condemned the continuing detention of Aung San Suu Kyi. Most recently, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister issued a statement on 19 June marking her 62nd birthday and calling again on the Burmese Government to end her detention under house arrest,

With the UN and other key partners, we will continue to press for an open and inclusive political process in Burma and an improvement in the human rights situation. The release of Aung San Suu Kyi is central to both objectives.

We shall continue to raise our concerns about all human rights abuses, including the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, with the Burmese Government. On 28 May, I met the Burmese Foreign Minister at the Asia/Europe Foreign Ministers meeting in Hamburg, and called again for the Burmese Government to release Aung San Suu Kyi. The Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Chair Statement, endorsed by all ASEM members, also called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and urged the Burmese Government to remain constructively engaged with the Association of South East Asian Nations, the UN and the international community.