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US, EU Call for Release of Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi


The United States and the European Union are calling on Burma's military-led government to release Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from house detention.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent most of the past 17 years under house arrest, but her term of detention comes up for review this Sunday, May 27.

Both the EU and the U.S. State Department have issued statements urging Burma to release her and other political prisoners.

The State Department says Burma has "renewed its assault on human rights" in recent weeks by arresting activists who have called for Aung San Suu Kyi's release.

The EU statement urges Burma's military leaders to release Aung San Suu Kyi and use it as an opportunity for national reconciliation and "genuine democratic transition."

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won a landslide victory during Burma's 1990 elections. Burma's military government refused to recognize the results and has prevented the NLD from taking office since then.