(AP) — China and other allies of the military government in Burma have joined an international call for the release of jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
India and Russia also aligned themselves with European countries and the US to demand that the Burmese junta release all political prisoners and allow them to take part in next year’s elections.
The UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members unanimously adopted the resolution in Geneva as a court in the junta rejected Suu Kyi’s latest appeal for freedom on Friday.
Beijing in particular has traditionally protected its southerly neighbor from criticism in the global body. Suu Kyi has been detained for about 14 of the last 20 years.