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Suu Kyi files lawsuit against Burmese junta

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has filed a lawsuit against the Burmese government over its dissolution of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

The party’s deputy chairman, Tin Oo, told DVB that the junta had launched a barrage of false accusations at the party since its disbandment earlier this year, which was triggered by the party’s decision not to run in the 7 November elections.

[The junta]…is accusing us of going underground, having connections with underground associations and instigating riots, and is marking us as a disbanded, defunct and unlawful association when we didn’t do any of those things,” he said. “Which constitution gave them the power to disband us because they say so? The junta is an illegal government itself.

“The law says an individual in an organisation can file a lawsuit…when they find a law is damaging their right,” he continued. “Our legal experts are filing the lawsuit within their right as provided by the law.”

Burmese courts earlier this year rejected a similar lawsuit challenging the Political Parties Registration Law, which set the ball rolling for the NLD’s dissolution.

Suu Kyi is also attempting to challenge her ongoing house arrest, although has been denied a meeting with her lawyers to discuss the case. Tin Oo said the court is yet to give a date for the hearing of her special appeal against the sentencing in August last year, which was submitted on 15 May.

The Nobel laureate has been under house arrest for 15 of the past 20 years, despie her party winning by a landslide Burma’s last elections in 1990.

The 7 November vote will be the first time since 1990 that Burma has headed to the ballot box, although critics cite the NLD’s dissolution as evidence that the elections will not be free and fair.


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