Statement by the spokesperson of HR Catherine Ashton, on the rejection of Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal by the Supreme Court of Burma/Myanmar

The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today „The High representative deplores the decision of the Supreme Court to reject the appeal of Aung San Suu Kyi against the unjust sentence imposed last year.
This damages prospects for an inclusive political dialogue between the Government and opposition parties that is urgently needed to achieve progress in national reconciliation and secure long-term stability. In the perspective of the planned elections later this year, the High Representative calls on the authorities to heed the appeals of the International Community to allow her and all other prisoners of conscience to participate in the political process.
The authorities still have a chance to change course through the legal possibility of a final appeal. The High Representative now makes a strong plea to them to grasp that opportunity in the interest of the future of their country and its people.“

Background: The highest court in Burma dismissed Aung San Suu Kyi’s lastest bid for freedom today, turning down an appeal to end 14 years of House of arrest. The Supreme Court s decision could be expected since legal rulings in Burma, which is ruled by the military, rarely favor opposition activists. Defence lawyer NyanWin said he would launch one final special appeal before the court after determining why the earlier appeal had been rejected, without giving any reasons. The junta has announced it would hold elections some time this years under a constitution that would allow the military to maintain substantial power; Ms Suu Kyi’s party has not announced whether it would contest the elections.

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