Rabu, November 17, 2010

ABIM Welcomes Aung San Suu Kyi Release

Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) welcomes the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s pro-democracy icon yesterday. Having been detained for more than seven years under house arrest and in total of over fifteen years for the last twenty years, she has sacrificed tremendously for the cause of human rights and democracy for her country.

We call upon the military authorities in Myanmar to stop the continuous arrest of political activists, media workers and student workers who have been systematically harassed and sentenced to long prison terms all these years. This release must also be followed by the immediate and unconditional release of the over 2100 political prisoners in Myanmar.

We hope that her release will continue to inspire and serve as a tribute to freedom fighters all over the world. The religion of Islam teaches its followers to respect differences in opinions (adabul ikhtilaf) and as such, for those who are in political power for instance not to misuse their position to silence dissenting views just to stay in power.

Vice President (International)
Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM)