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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the President on the release of Aung San Suu Ky

While the Burmese regime has gone to extraordinary lengths to isolate and silence Aung San Suu Kyi, she has continued her brave fight for democracy, peace, and change in Burma.  She is a hero of mine and a source of inspiration for all who work to advance basic human rights in Burma and around the world.  The United States welcomes her long overdue release.  

Whether Aung San Suu Kyi is living in the prison of her house, or the prison of her country, does not change the fact that she, and the political opposition she represents, has been systematically silenced, incarcerated, and deprived of any opportunity to engage in political processes that could change Burma.  It is time for the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, not just one.

The United States looks forward to the day when all of Burma’s people are free from fear and persecution.  Following Aung San Suu Kyi’s powerful example, we recommit ourselves to remaining steadfast advocates of freedom and human rights for the Burmese people, and accountability for those who continue to oppress them.