The past few days I have been asking myself this exact question. This morning I checked my inbox hoping for some sort of answer only to find the same question leering back at me from an activist in France.
Her current term of house arrest ended Saturday. But a NLD spokesman said it would not officially end until Monday. As I am writing this it is 5:45 am Eastern Standard Time but it is 4:45 pm in Burma. I would expect to have heard something by now. News travels fast; first through SE Asia, then Australia, then Europe and finally to the US. The Economist is expecting to know something by the 27th.
According to the law in Myanmar, the laws by its own military, a person can not be held longer than five years without trial. Her sentence has been renewed year after year since the assassination attempt on her life on 2003 by the USDA and she was placed under house arrest for “protective custody.”
A few days ago Mizzima reported that “rumors” were spreading around Yangon that she had been freed. While it is easy to imagine her strolling peacefully around town, speaking with every neighbor in Yangon, a spokesman would not as easy be able to keep it a secret. The NLD would announce to the world that she was free.
If you are reading this you know what I know. That more than likely her sentence will be extended without trial.
UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon is avoiding the topic as well. While he is backing his apparent breakthrough with the junta to let international aid in to treat the victims of Cyclone Nargis, with quite a blind eye I might add, he simply stated “We must think about people right now, not politics.” Knowing the fate of a woman who has spent 12 of the last 18 years under house arrest and has given up everything for her people IS thinking about people, not politics. Daw Suu Kyi’s politics is the politics of people. Has anyone read the National League for Democracy’s framework for a Constitution?
While I understand the current need to appease the military and to tip toe around human rights affairs to enjoy the privilege of being allowed into the country to tend to the needs of the people, everyone knows the chances of full allowance into Burma by humanitarian workers us unlikely.