Suu Kyi's release welcomed cautiously

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Associated Press

Posted on November 13, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 13 at 2:34 PM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — World leaders are welcoming Myanmar's release of democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) but are also calling it a reminder that the country's military government still has a long way to go in restoring human rights.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Suu Kyi for her "dignity and courage in the face of injustice." Calling her a hero, President Barack Obama said Suu Kyi represents a political opposition that "has been systematically silenced, incarcerated, and deprived of any opportunity to engage in political processes."

Amnesty International estimates that more than 2,200 political prisoners remain jailed by the military junta.

British Prime Minister David Cameron calls Nobel Peace Prize laureate an inspiration for all "who believe in freedom of speech, democracy and human rights."

One exiled dissident says Suu Kyi's release could prove pivotal in revitalizing and reorganizing Myanmar's opposition.

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President Barack Obama is applauding the release of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyo. AP White House correspondent Mark Smith reports.

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AP White House correspondent Mark Smith reports the president is calling Suu Kyi's release "long overdue."

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AP White House correspondent Mark Smith reports President Obama's saying that granting freedom to one democracy leader, however famous, is not enough.

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President Barack Obama says democratic nations must speak out about the denial of freedom in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

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President Barack Obama says it's time for the junta that's run Myanmar since 1962 to yield to its people's demand for freedom.

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Jared Genser, attorney for Freedom Now which supports Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee)

Freedom Now attorney Jared Genser says the release of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is a personal step forward.

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Jared Genser, attorney for Freedom Now which supports Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee)

Freedom Now attorney Jared Genser says Suu Kyi is just one of 2,200 political prisoners.

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Jared Genser, attorney for Freedom Now which supports Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee)

Freedom Now attorney Jared Genser says Suu Kyi has said she plans to continue her activism.

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Jared Genser, attorney for Freedom Now which supports Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee)

Freedom Now attorney Jared Genser says the international community needs to support the effort to create a United Nations commission and establish financial sanctions against the military junta.

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: Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses her supporters from her house compound after her release from house arrest in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.

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: Supporters of Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi celebrate outside her home after her release from house arrest in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. Myanmar's military government freed its archrival Suu Kyi on Saturday after her latest term of detention expired.

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