Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Yokohama, Japan
13 November 2010

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the release of Nobel peace laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi:

“I am pleased that Aung San Suu Kyi has finally been released from house arrest in Burma.  She is an unwavering champion of peace, democracy and respect for human rights in Burma, despite being held in detention for 15 of the past 21 years.

“Neither her trial nor appeal process were conducted in line with international standards.  She was not granted due process and should never have been detained.

“Canada has long supported Ms. Suu Kyi in her efforts to bring genuine democracy to Burma.  In recognition of her struggle to promote fundamental freedoms and democratic principles, she was granted honourary Canadian citizenship by the Parliament of Canada in 2007.

“Canada stands resolutely with Burma’s democratic forces and like-minded members of the international community in the quest to restore civilian government to the Burmese people.  We continue to call on the Burmese authorities to release all political prisoners and allow the meaningful political participation of all Burma’s opposition and ethnic groups.

“In December 2007, Canada imposed the toughest sanctions in the world against the Burmese regime to indicate its condemnation of the regime's complete disregard for human rights and its repression of the country's democratic movement.  Those sanctions will remain in place.”