Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
November 7, 2005
Burma - Shan Leaders Sentenced
The United States condemns the secret trials and sentences of eight Shan
political leaders to lengthy prison terms announced by a Rangoon court on
November 2. Hkun Htun Oo, Chairman of the United Nationalities Alliance --
Burma's foremost coalition of pro-democracy ethnic parties -- was sentenced
to 53 years and two life sentences, with six other leaders also receiving
multiple life sentences.
These actions demonstrate that the junta's so-called "Roadmap to Disciplined
Democracy" is neither credible nor inclusive. We call on the regime to
release Aung San Suu Kyi, U Tin Oo, Hkun Htun Oo and all other political
prisoners immediately and unconditionally, and to allow their full
participation in a meaningful political dialogue leading to genuine national
reconciliation and the establishment of democracy.
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