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Statement by Senator Robert Hill on Aung San Suu Kyi



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR ROBERT HILL LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Friday, June 19 61/92

STATEMENT BY SENATOR ROBERT HILL· OH AUNG SAN SOP KYI

The following message of support by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Robert Hill, marks the birthday on June 19, 1992, of Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyii

"On the occasion of the birthday of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, I would like to pay tribute to her brave opposition to Burma's military regime and her unwavering commitment to the principles of peace, freedom and human rights.

"Her award of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recognised her efforts and highlighted her plight, as well as the gross violations of human rights and political freedoms which are still occurring in Burma.

"It is now two years since elections were held in Burma. It is appalling that the democratically elected representatives of the people are not in power and widespread abuses are still

occurring. The military continues its arbitrary arrests, torture and imprisonment and is also engaged in the widespread

persecution of Burma's ethnic minorities. Reports emerging from Burma about the practices of the military are quite abhorrent.

"The State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) must hand over power to the democratically elected representatives, cease its internal military action and release all political prisoners.

"Aung San Suu Kyi, whose courage and determination during her imprisonment have provided an inspiration to the people of Burma, must head this list. Her continued detention is totally

unjustified and her immediate and unconditional release needs to occur.

"I am pleased to see that international condemnation of the SLORC is growing. Only by concerted and coordinated regional and international action is it possible to put pressure on a regime as isolated as the SLORC. The Liberal/National parties of Australia call on the countries of our region to more actively

pursue a determinedly strong course of action with regard to Burma, so that the people of Burma can have some chance of having their human rights and democratic freedoms restored to them."

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Enquiriess Senator Hill or Mark Batistich on (06) 277 3170

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