Dharamshala: Welcoming the release of Nobel Peace Prize-winner and Burma’s democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama today expressed hope that the government of the People’s Republic of China would release fellow Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and other prisoners of conscience.
Sixty-five year old Ms Suu Kyi, who remained under house arrest for the last seven years for her efforts to usher democracy in Burma, was freed by the military
“I welcome the release of fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and extend my appreciation to the military regime in Burma. I extend my full support and solidarity to the movement for democracy in Burma and take this opportunity to appeal to freedom-loving people all over the world to support such non-violent movements,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said in a message from Japan.
“I pray and hope that the government of the People’s Republic of China will release fellow Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and other prisoners of conscience who have been imprisoned for exercising their freedom of expression,” His Holiness said.
A day after she was released from seven years of house arrest, Ms Suu Kyi told thousands of cheering supporters on Sunday that she would continue for her fight for human rights and for the establishment of the rule of law in the military-ruled nation.
“I believe in human rights and I believe in the rule of law. I will always fight for these things. I want to work with all democratic forces and I need the support of the people,” Ms Suu Kyi said while addressing about 5,000 people who gathered at headquarters of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.