25/08/2009

Aung San Suu Kyi


At the meeting of the City Council last night I was delighted that the Convener of the Council accepted my request that the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi should be commented upon. In response to this I made the statement below.

'Convener, thank you very much for responding to the request that this issue is raised by the Council this evening. The City of Dundee gave Aung San Suu Kyi the Freedom of the City and I think that it is important that we do more than that and that the City Council continues to show our support for her and for the return of democracy in Burma.

I know that the actions of Dundee City Council will not by themselves secure Aung San Suu Kyi's freedom or bring about democracy in Burma but we should show solidarity with her. The Council should make its voice heard and ensure that our voice joins the many voices being heard which are calling for democracy in Burma. I know that Amnesty International in Dundee and the Burma Campaign in Dundee continue to do a good job of making their voices heard, I think that the council should join with them. The decision to imprison Aung San Suu Kyi further is clearly politically motivated and we should add our voices to the voice of the UK Government in condemning this and calling for international action.'