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Suu Kyi marks 65th birthday under house arrest
Yangon, Jun 19 (Agencies):
Published on 20 Jun. 2010 1:46 AM IST
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Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is spending her 65th birthday Saturday under house arrest as activists hold protests around the globe and world leaders call for the junta to free her. The military regime has kept the Nobel Laureate in detention for almost 15 years and she has been barred from running in upcoming elections that critics have denounced as a sham aimed at entrenching the generals’ power.
Suu Kyi’s party won the last vote in 1990 but was never allowed to take office. A UN working group this week pronounced her detention a breach of international human rights law, prompting new calls for her release. In a birthday message, US President Barack Obama hailed Suu Kyi’s “determination, courage, and personal sacrifice in working for human rights and democratic change”.

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