Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Su Kyi have maintained a vigil outside the prison where a new trial against her has got underway.
The EU has joined the international outcry and has been considering how to respond. Suu Kyi has been charged with breaking the terms of her house arrest and faces up to five years in jail if found guilty. Her supporters say the case is merely a ploy to keep her locked up ahead of multi-party elections next year, as her existing period of detention is due to expire soon. The new case arises from an incident in which US citizen John William Yettaw sneaked into her house and spent two days there. He too is on trial. At a meeting in Brussels, foreign ministers discussed beefing up sanctions but there was opposition to introducing new measures. However some states say getting Myanmar’s neighbours to use their influence would not go far enough. Last month the EU extended a visa ban and asset freezes on the Myanmar military government for a further year.