OFFICE OF THE SUPREME HEADQUARTERS- KAREN NATIONAL UNION
May 17, 2009
KNU Statement on Charges against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
- The US citizen, John W. Yettaw, who swam across Inya Lake and entered Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s (Daw Suu) residence, is clearly a mentally unbalanced person. He should have been sent to a mental hospital for treatment and the security for Daw Suu should have been enhanced. Instead, the SPDC military dictatorship is accusing Daw Suu of protecting a criminal and preparing to subject her to a criminal trial, in the notorious Insein Jail.
- For her activism to free the people of Burma from tyrannical and arbitrary rule, for winning the Nobel Peace laureate for her peace effort and for leading her party to win a landslide victory in the 1990 elections, Daw Suu has been unlawfully detained by the dictatorship, time and again, for 13 of the past 19 years. It is clear that the vengeful and hate-laden SPDC dictators are plotting to further extend the detention of her beyond the 2010 elections, they are preparing to hold.
- Obviously, the SPDC is using the incident as an opportunity to cause even more harm to Daw Suu, similar to the attack on her and her entourage, at Depeyin. It is clear that under influence of the perverted ideology of total control, the SPDC dictators have no sense yet for national reconciliation, peace and justice.
- We, the KNU, strongly condemn this vengeful and confrontational act by the SPDC dictatorship against the people’s leader, Daw Suu, and call upon it to release her and all the political prisoners immediately.
- It is our perception that the dictatorship has been emboldened to the extent of committing crimes tantamount to crimes against humanity, time and again, by the policy of appeasement and pseudo-national reconciliation process promoted by some wooly-headed Burma experts, INGOs and opportunist groups.
6. In conclusion, we call upon justice and peace loving leaders of the world to concertedly push the SPDC military dictatorship onto the right tract of meaningful dialogue, with leaders of democratic and ethnic forces, for genuine national reconciliation, lasting peace and progress.
The Executive Committee
Karen National Union