Statement by the Vice President (8/31/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release                                   Contact:  Matt
Thursday, August 31, 2000                                         (202)


     I strongly condemn the government of Burma for denying Aung San Suu
Kyi the freedom to travel within her own country.   Freedom of movement is
a fundamental human right.  Denying Aung San Suu Kyi this right is an
offense to free people everywhere.

     The Burmese government?s claim that Aung San Suu Kyi?s safety is
endangered should she travel to join other National League for Democracy
leaders in a nearby township is inaccurate.   It is a clear attempt by
Burmese authorities to deflect attention from their harassment of Aung San
Suu Kyi and the democratic opposition.

     Each day that the Burmese authorities restrain Aung San Suu Kyi,
Burma?s isolation from the international community deepens.  The government
of Burma should permit Aung San Suu Kyi?s travel and end this violation of
her basic human rights immediately.


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