Earlier today, the military junta in Burma convicted Aung San Suu Kyi of violating the conditions of her house arrest, after an uninvited man spent two nights there in early May. A jail sentence of three years with hard labour was commuted to a further 18 months of house arrest. This keeps the pro-democracy leader conveniently locked up until after the 2010 elections.
It seems the Burmese authorities are hoping that a sentence shorter than the maximum (5 years) will be seen by the international community as an act of leniency. So it's now vital that we show them that Aung San Suu Kyi's continued imprisonment is both shameful and intolerable.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained for a total of over 13 of the past 20 years - her latest house detention order had been set to expire on 27 May this year. She should be free - and she should never have been arrested in the first place.