Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 13, 2010

Statement by the President on the release of Aung San Suu Kyi
While the Burmese regime has gone to extraordinary lengths to isolate and silence Aung San Suu Kyi, she has continued her brave fight for democracy, peace, and change in Burma. She is a hero of mine and a source of inspiration for all who work to advance basic human rights in Burma and around the world. The United States welcomes her long overdue release.
Whether Aung San Suu Kyi is living in the prison of her house, or the prison of her country, does not change the fact that she, and the political opposition she represents, has been systematically silenced, incarcerated, and deprived of any opportunity to engage in political processes that could change Burma. It is time for the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, not just one.
The United States looks forward to the day when all of Burma’s people are free from fear and persecution. Following Aung San Suu Kyi’s powerful example, we recommit ourselves to remaining steadfast advocates of freedom and human rights for the Burmese people, and accountability for those who continue to oppress them.

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Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi greets jubilant supporters after being released from house arrest.

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First footage emerges of Suu Kyi

Opposition icon appears at the gates of her compound and tells supporters that freedom will arrive when people work in unison



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Aung San Suu Kyi walks free

Opposition icon is released after seven years under house arrest and is currently addressing crowds from behind the gate of her compound in Rangoon

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