President Nasheed has hailed the release from house arrest of democratically-elected leader of Burma Aung San Suu Kyi as a “historic step forward for freedom and democracy in Burma.”
Suu Kyi has been detained in her home in Rangoon for 15 of the last 21 years.
“Many people, myself included, have drawn strength from her courageous and tireless work for human rights and democracy,” Nasheed said. “Aung San Suu Kyi shines as a beacon of hope across Burma and the world. The Maldives will continue to work for Ms Suu Kyi´s complete freedom and we look forward to her being able to play a full and active role in Burmese politics,” the President stated.
Recent elections held by the Burmese military junta have been dismissed as fraudulent by international observers.