Birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi

Press Statement
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 18, 2009

The United States sends its best wishes to Aung San Suu Kyi on the occasion of her 64th birthday on June 19. She continues to inspire those who support freedom and democracy in Burma and around the world. Sadly, though, Aung San Suu Kyi will once again spend her birthday in confinement – isolated from her family, friends, and the Burmese people – as Burmese authorities pursue unjustified and indefensible charges against her.

We call on the Burmese authorities to drop those charges and release Aung San Suu Kyi immediately. Aung San Suu Kyi has dedicated her life to achieving democratic change and promoting progress in Burma. We will continue our efforts to support that change, and we salute the courage of Aung San Suu Kyi and the more than 2,100 other political prisoners who have sacrificed so much for a noble cause. We, along with all of her admirers in Burma and abroad, look forward to the day when she will be able to celebrate her birthday in freedom.

PRN: 2009/621