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Yearbook 1996

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. According to, 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 the residence.

1996 Myanmar

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.

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