Aung San Suu Kyi is Finally Free!

Myanmar's newly-released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves to supporters. STR/AFP/Getty Images
November 15, 2010

Aung San Suu Kyi is Finally Free!

We are thrilled and grateful for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar (Burma)!  The government released her after seven and a half years of house arrest.

Will she re-form the National League for Democracy?  Will she continue to advocate for democracy?  Will her release be for good this time, or will the government find another reason for imprisoning her yet again?  Only time will tell.

While we couldn’t be happier about Suu Kyi’s release, time continues to run short for the over 2,200 other political prisoners who are still behind bars in some of the most notorious prisons in the world.  They suffer from lack of medical care, proper nutrition, and lack of contact with their families.  Many are imprisoned hundreds of miles from their homes, making travel for their families difficult if not impossible.

So while we give thanks for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release, we'll continue to work for the freedom of so many others.