Global Leaders Cry Foul on Myanmar Election Law

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The international community is condemning Myanmar's leaders for an oppressive new election law.

The new law bars pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winning activist, from running in the 2010 elections. It also forces her political party to expel her or be outlawed itself.

The military regime has kept Kyi imprisoned in her home for 14 years.

"Aung San Suu Kyi said she never expected such repressive laws would come out but said she's not disappointed," her party spokesman Nyan Win told reporters last Thursday.

"She said such challenges call for resolute responses and calls on the people and democratic forces to take unanimous action against such unfair laws," he said.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is an Asian nation that suffers under the oppressive military regime. So far, the government has had more than 2,000 people jailed and labeled as political prisoners.

Patrick Klein of the ministry Vision Beyond Borders told CBN News that Christians are also targeted.

"It's almost like this Burmese military is out to get rid of anybody and everybody that's opposed to them and especially those that are Christians," Klein said. "And so, I see more of an opposition by the government to the Gospel. But I also see more receptivity to the Gospel among the people.

Christians have few places to worship because the regime has not allowed any new church buildings since 1965. Many believers have been forced to worship secretly in homes.

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