Thursday, February 14, 2008

Burma: Following the empty promises, another blow to democracy as Myanmar extends detention of Deputy Opposition Leader

Before the ink had even dried on the empty promises of Burma's military rulers, the junta has announced that it has extended the house arrest of Tin Oo, the deputy to detained democracy leader Aung San Suu.

Tin Oo, 80, was ordered confined to his Yangon home for another year, a Myanmar official said on condition of anonymity.

On 30 May 2003, Tin Oo, travelling with the caravan of Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the NLD, was attacked in the northern village of Depayin by a government-sponsored mob, murdering and wounding many of her supporters. Tin Oo was taken into detention along with Aung San Suu Kyi and was initially held in prison in Kalay in northwestern Myanmar. In February 2004 he was brought back to his home in Yangon, where he is held under house arrest.