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Posted on on November 13th, 2010
by Pincas Jawetz (

Guy Verhofstadt of the European ALDE: “Today Aung San Suu Kyi, tomorrow Liu Xiaobo.”

“Today Aung San Suu Kyi has finally been released by the Burmese regime. After the fake elections, this gives at least new hope for a democratic Burma. Suu Kyi has represented in her country the spirit of Gandi of our century, making a nonviolent campaign for democracy and a pacific outspoken opposition to the almost fifty year old ruling military junta.” said Guy Verhofstadt, President of the Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament, reacting to today’s news that the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was released, after two decades under house arrest.

“Any country oppressing freedoms and human rights will sooner or later face its repercussions. May today’s release also be an example and a sign for China to free 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.” Verhofstadt concluded.

ALDECALD (Council of Asian Liberal Democrats) currently in Kuala Lumpur (Malasya) will adopt tomorrow a resolution calling on the Burmese junta to open up a dialogue immediately with Aung San Suu Kyi with a view to develop genuine democracy in the country.

Niccolo’ Rinaldi (Italia dei Valori, Italy), ALDE spokesperson for Human Rights said: “In the end, liberty and freedomĀ  will always win out over oppression and tyranny. It is just a shame it took Suu Kyi twenty years to regain her freedom. We hope Burmese authorities do not want to curtail her freedom once again.”
In 1990 Aung San Suu Kyi was already recognised for the Sakharov Prize by European Parliament that honours individuals or organisations who had dedicated their lives to the defence of human rights and freedom of thought.

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