Myanmar Suu Kyi Verdict Announced

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.


  1. Cookie MonsterAugust 12, 2009

    It is unfortunate to hear about Suu Kyi, and I hope her party has some say in the elections – but who can guarantee fair election?

    As for the international community – well…. there isnothing to gain from Burma… why will they even try to take action? Zimbabwe was worse, yet a tyrant dictator sits there and rules.

    Unfortunately, it is business as usual.

  2. seraiAugust 16, 2009

    Your comment “there is nothing to gain from Burma” sums up the issue very accurately


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