Aung San Suu Kyi Released in Burma

Human rights groups across the world welcomed the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma from house arrest. The Nobel Peace Prize-winner met thousands of supporters outside her home and repeated her message of human rights and democratic freedoms for Burma. The British group Christian Solidarity Worldwide released a statement urging Burma’s ruling junta to “end its offensives against civilians in ethnic states” and calling on the international community to convince the regime to enter into a dialogue with the democracy movement led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The statement called for the unconditional release of Burma’s estimated 2,100 other political prisoners. Aung San Suu Kyi was detained by the military junta for over 15 years, most of them under house arrest. She and her National League for Democracy were banned from Burma’s elections on Nov. 7, which were seen as an effort by the nation’s ruling military junta to establish its legitimacy.

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the band's concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
So many of Cornell’s songs are filled with Christological and sacramental imagery.
Community, sacrament and Scripture: by means of these three mysteries Christ and his church would defy time.
Terrance KleinMay 24, 2017
Pope Francis poses with U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, during a private audience at the Vatican May 24. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-TRUMP-MEET May 24, 2017.
How are church leaders and Vatican watchers responding to the highly anticipated visit?
The EditorsMay 24, 2017
Photo via Starz
What type of god would force us to believe? Can we even be forced to believe?
Wyatt MasseyMay 24, 2017