My country is an aborted democracy. It is governed by an interim military regime, which refuses to honor the results of the election held in 1990, when the Burmese chose democracy, transparency and change. Now the regime accuses the struggling democratic opposition in Myanmar, as it has chosen to call the country, of having contact with terrorists.[Read the complete article here]
Former political prisoners like me - a circle that is unfortunately quite large - are worried about the fate of our country and fear yet another crackdown. We have very little margin for maneuver.
The only legal organized Burmese political opposition is the National League for Democracy, which I helped to found in 1988. But the league's head, the Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under strict house arrest for the past three years. She has spent 12 of the last 16 years in some form of confinement.
A land where freedom is a dirty word
The Burmese people can't wait much longer