The Than Shwe junta announced it’s verdict against Aung San Suu Kyi today- she has been sentenced to another 18 months of house arrest. Better than the 3 years jail sentence that was originally planned, it is still more than she deserves. The sentence will ensure that she is unable to participate in the May 2010 elections that she would probably have won.
The international community is up in arms over the verdict and the UN is reviewing a condemnation statement. International condemnation has not made any difference to Myanmar in the past; it is unlikely that much will change now. A poor nation with no major resources to offer to the world, no country cares enough about human rights to actually take more forceful action against Myanmar. Indeed not every country is even willing to openly condemn the sham trial- China and India have noticeably stayed silent on the issue.
The international political arena is full of double standards and inconvenient facts. Think of how many political prisoners exist in countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel- now think how much international condemnation or press coverage they are receiving.
In case you were wondering what happened to John Yettaw, the man who caused Suu Kyi to end up in this situation, he has received a seven year prison sentence which includes four years of hard labor.