Aung San Suu Kyi's success in Burmese elections on the weekend will bring joy and hope to countless millions struggling for their democratic rights, the Australian Greens said today.
"The world is celebrating with Aung San Suu Kyi today as our global society takes a step towards democracy for everyone," Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.
"Aung San Suu Kyi's courage and selfless determination coupled with commitment to nonviolence is turning the tide in Burma.
"That tide will keep turning, despite setbacks that have come and will continue to come, as we move to a future where each person gets the same say in the direction we head in.
"The world is watching Burma far more closely now, giving what support we can to the Burmese people's wishes for democratic government."
Australian Greens spokesperson on Burma, Senator Scott Ludlam, said "Daw Suu and her colleagues will need ongoing support in the weeks and months to come, as they face formidable challenges.
"We urge Foreign Minister Bob Carr to continue to pressure the regime on release of political prisoners, and caution the Australian Government against easing sanctions too soon."