TAGS: Individuals at Risk • Prisoners and People at Risk, Prisoners of Conscience • Asia and the Pacific, Myanmar •

Aung San Suu Kyi is Finally Free!

May 11, 2011

On November 13, 2010 Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was freed from house arrest.


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.