Although Aung San Suu Kyi has been released, there are substantiated worries about her security as the new government, which has clearly remained faithful to the authoritarian style of governance of the previous military junta, has repeatedly warned her that it cannot guarantee her security if she tries to leave Rangoon. Despite government threats Aung San Suu Kyi has already announced that she will set out on a tour across Burma by the end of June to listen to the needs and problems of the Burmese people and inspire in them hope for peaceful transition to real democracy.
Several important public figures among them members of the Czech Parliament, representatives of the U.S. embassy and Czech non-governmental organizations attended the event and made a short speech. Marek Benda, a member of the Czech Parliament and also a member of a Czech Parliamentary Caucus for Democracy in Burma mentioned the disappointing amnesty that the new government proclaimed in May and called for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners: “Reducing the unfair punishments of Burmese political prisoners who had been sentenced to decades of imprisonment by one year is extremelly cynical. All political prisoners in Burma must be released immediatelly and unconditionally.”
Petr Bratský, Member of the Senate of the Czech Parliament and member of the Czech Parliamentary Caucus for Democracy in Burma highlighted the cruelty of the punishments and disregard to vulnerable people such as old, diseased or women in Burma prisons: “Nilar Thein, a Burmese activist imprisoned since August 2008 is a clear example of inhumanity of the Burma justice system. A mother of four-years-old daughter was sentenced to 65 years of imprisonment for her involvement in student demonstrations in 2007.”Similar events, during which people express their sympathy to prodemocracy activists in Burma and sign petitions for the release of Burmese political prisoners are being held in many countries around the world at this time including several Central and Eastern European countries. Eight non-governmental organizations from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia have therefore released a common statement expressing support for Aung San Suu Kyi and calling for the release of the remaining Burmese political prisoners. The text of the statement is attached.