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Myanmar state media defends Suu Kyi house arrest extension into sixth year

[JURIST] Myanmar law allows the continued detention of pro-democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the government-run New Light of Myanmar [media website] insisted in an editorial Wednesday. The editorial cited Myanmar's 1975 "Law Safeguarding the State from Dangers of Subversive Elements," which it said permitted detentions for up to six years. It noted [AFP report] that other countries have laws allowing the detention of individuals determined to be security threats and likened Suu Kyi to a "naughty child" because she poses a danger to the state. AP has more.

The military junta extended [JURIST report] Suu Kyi's house arrest into a sixth year in May, sparking an international outcry and a demonstration by members of her National League of Democracy. Suu Kyi has spent 11 of the past 17 years in prison or under house arrest for alleged violations of an anti-subversion law [text].

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