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US calls for Myanmar to go before Security Council

[JURIST] US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton [official profile] has requested that the UN Security Council [official website] put Myanmar [CIA backgrounder] on the council's agenda for the first time, alleging that Myanmar's military rulers are destroying villages, targeting ethnic minorities, seeking nuclear power capabilities and failing to initiate democratic reforms and repressing political opponents such as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [advocacy website; BBC profile]. Russia and China blocked the last US attempt to get the Security Council to discuss Myanmar in June. Bolton's letter to the Security Council president was sent just two days after the military government extended the house arrest [JURIST report] of Suu Kyi, who has spent 10 of the last 16 years detained after the military took power in 1988, refusing to accept Suu Kyi's landslide election victory in 1990. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said [UN News report] he is "deeply disappointed" that Suu Kyi's detention had been extended, made possible by Myanmar's anti-subversion law [text]. Earlier this year, a UN investigator found that more than 1,100 prisoners continue to be held [JURIST report] by Myanmar's military government. AP has more.

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