WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the conviction of a Myanmar opposition leader is a violation of "the universal principle of human rights."
Obama condemned the treatment of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo CHEE). She was convicted by a court in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for violating her house arrest by allowing an uninvited American to stay at her home.
She was ordered to serve an 18-month sentence under house arrest. She has already spent 14 of the last 20 years in detention, mostly under house arrest.
Obama called for Suu Kyi's immediate release. He said her case is a reminder of other political prisoners in Burma who are denied liberty for pursuing a government that respects the will of its people.