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US Congressman marks Aung San Suu K
- Subject: US Congressman marks Aung San Suu K
- From: darnott@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2001 02:16:00
Agence France Presse
June 20, 2001, Wednesday
US Congressman marks Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday with import ban bill
A leading human rights activist in the US Congress on Tuesday marked the
56th birthday of Myanmar
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi by introducing a bill that would ban all
imports from the
"The Rangoon regime rules with an iron fist, routinely abusing its own
citizens, cracking down on
democratic opposition leaders, and flouting all international human rights
standards," said Democrat
Congressman Tom Lantos, the bill's sponsor.
"The sanctions regime currently in place bans US investment in Burma but
permits Burmese imports to
the United States," Lantos said, using the country's former name, which was
changed by the ruling
"The Burmese regime is exploiting this legal loophole to bankroll its
forced labor camps and other
Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide
victory in elections in
1990 but the junta failed to recognise the result.
Since then she has faced periods of house arrest, and hundreds of
opposition activists have been jailed
and harassed by the authorities.
Recently the NLD leader has been engaged in a secret dialogue with the
junta, but few details of the
progress of the talks have leaked out.
Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Yangon, then known as Rangoon, on June 19 1945.