Burma. Although Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was
released from house arrest in 1995, the military junta's
harassment continued by her and her National League for
Democracy (NLD) party throughout 1996. She defied the
military by holding public meetings outside her home.
Sometimes the meetings were allowed, other times the
audience was prevented from even getting close to her house.
Countryaah.com, most of the participants were arrested before the NLD's
planned party congress in May, and eleven of them were later
sentenced to every seven years in prison. However, the
congress was implemented and resulted in plans for an
alternative to the constitution that a government-controlled
national conference is writing and tailored to prevent Aung
San Suu Kyi from ever coming to power. Soon the regime's
response to NLD's plans came: up to 20 years in prison for
those who interfere with the work of the Constitution. At
the same time, the junta started a smear campaign against
the NLD and Aung San Suu Kyi in person. A new attempt by the
NLD to hold a party congress in September was disturbed by
similar mass arrests. In early December, hundreds of
students conducted the largest demonstrations in several
years, and Aung San Suu Kyi was again barred from leaving
A close friend of Aung San Suu Kyi, the businessman and
Honorary Consul Leo Nichols, was sentenced in May to three
years in prison for, among other things. illegal use of a
fax machine. After a short time, he died in the cell,
according to authorities of myocardial infarction but
according to his acquaintances probably from the abuse.
Opium king Khun Sa surrendered to the army in January
under circumstances that aroused suspicion that he had
agreed to the regime. The United States pledged a $ 2
million reward to anyone who could get him convicted of drug
trafficking, but the government announced that he would not
be extradited. In November, Khun Sa was reported to be a
businessman with interests in tourism, among other things.
During the year, the US and the EU decided to refuse
entry to Burmese junta. But Burma is supported by its
Southeast Asian neighbors and has been promised an early
entry into the ASEAN partner organization.