There will be joy round the world at the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the world’s most renowned and courageous prisoner of conscience. Her release proves that no injustice can last forever, and while Burma’s junta can continue its policy of repression it has never been able to wholly silence her voice. Despite enduring two decades of separation her family has displayed great strength which has proved an inspiration to us all. Her release from house arrest – where she has spent fifteen of the last twenty one years – is only a partial victory, because her liberation and that of the Burmese people will not be complete until she is able to take up her position as the rightful leader of her country. Support from people of good conscience everywhere must continue as she fights for the freedom of her people.
Gordon Brown is a Patron of Burma Campaign UK