Canadian MPs say Junta, USDP Responsible for Suu Kyi’s Well-being
18 November 2010: Now that the long detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been freed, the onus is on the ruling regime and its likely successor Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) to ensure the well-being and safety of the popular Burmese leader, an all-party group of Canadian Parliamentarians said on Tuesday.
Accusing the junta of having made two previous attempts on the life of the world renowned activist, the chair of an all-party Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Burma (PFOB) Larry Bagnell warned, “the regime and their party [USDP] are responsible for Aung San Suu Kyi’s safety.”
Bagnell also decried the unreasonable and arbitrary fees imposed on political parties in filing fraud complaints with the Election Commission. “It is absurd that a single complaint will cost you five times your annual income…and if the complaint is found unfounded, you can be fined up to 15 times your annual salary,” the Liberal Pary MP from Yukon said.
Citing the junta’s election laws, Burmese state media this week spelled out the punishment for filing election-related ‘false accusations’: a crime punishable by three years imprisonment or monetary fine of 300,000 Kyats (300$).
Bagnell chairs a group consisting of over 40 MPs from both Houses of the Canadian Parliament.
Canada currently maintains one of the most stringent unilateral sanctions against Burma and has joined a growing number of leading world’s governments in calling for an international probe into possible commission of crime against humanity and war crimes by Than Shwe-led Burma’s military regime.