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August 29, 2000
Dear Sir/Madam,

Nobel Laureate and Burma's pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders of National League for Democracy (NLD) have been stopped by armed police at Dala township, close to the capital Rangoon since August 24 (last Thursday). They were peacefully travelling to Kungyangon town, a few kilometers further from Dala town for re-organization of NLD youth members.

This incident clearly shows that the military regime does not allow her and other members of the NLD party to move freely and organize even for party organizational work. Many countries have condemned the act of Burmese junta and urged for the restoration of fundamental human rights of all the citizens including of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The United States, Britain and European Union had protested and demanded that she be allowed to travel freely in her own country. London-based Amnesty International had said that restricting Suu Kyi's movements is another example of the military's attempts to stamp out "all peaceful opposition activities" in Burma. 

However, there is a complete silence from the Government of India over what is happening in its next door neighbor. On the other hand, the Government of India is engaging in a so-called "working relationship" with the Burmese military junta, which is the worst human rights violating government in the world. A high-level delegation from India, led by Home Secretary Mr. Kamal Pande is currently in Burma having a four-day talks with Burmese counterparts to promote bi-lateral cooperation.

We, members of All Burma Students League, express our outrage against the military regime in Burma that does not allow even basic rights of the citizens including freedom of movement. One can image the lives of common citizens of the country while eminent citizen Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is being treated in that way publicly by the military junta. We earnestly request to the people, political parties and Government of India to express support and solidarity with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and pro-democracy activists of Burma and to condemn the act of military junta.

Looking forward to your positive response,
Sincerely yours,

Kyaw Than
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