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Human Rights Group Condemns Trial of Aung San Suu Kyi


A rights group has accused Burma's military government of prosecuting opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in order to keep her in custody through the planned 2010 general election, which the group said would be neither free nor fair.

The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission issued a statement Friday saying charges against Aung San Suu Kyi for violating the terms of her house arrest have no basis in law whatsoever.

The group said the trial is being motivated by purely political considerations, and it urged concerned United Nations agencies and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to take action.

The rights group also called for the International Committee of the Red Cross go be given access to detention facilities throughout Burma.

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