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Free Aung San Suu Kyi: US, India to Myanmar

The pro-democracy leader has either been in jail or under house arrest for more than 10 of the past 16 years in military-ruled Myanmar.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 14:17 IST

The United States and India on Thursday strongly criticised human rights violations in military-ruled Myanmar and called for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

"On Burma we agreed on the deplorable state of human rights in Burma and all nations should seek the release of Aung San Suu Kyi," US President George W Bush told a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Aung San Suu Kyi has either been in jail or under house arrest for more than 10 of the past 16 years in Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma.

She has had virtually no contact with the outside world since her last detention period began in May 2003. Her house arrest was last extended by six months in December.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 13:51 IST