15 Nov 2011

Rule of law paramount, says Aung San Suu Kyi

3:10 pm on 15 November 2011

The pro-democracy leader in Myanmar (also known as Burma), Aung San Suu Kyi, has given a guarded welcome to the government's steps towards reform in the year since she was freed from house arrest.

In a speech to mark the anniversary of her release, Ms Suu Kyi mentioned her meetings with the labour minister and president as examples of progress.

She also noted that some political prisoners had been released, although others remained in detention.

But Ms Suu Kyi warned against complacency and said establishing the rule of law was paramount.

She said that human rights needed to be protected by the rule of law, as did investment in economic opportunities.

"Without such protection we can never be sure that progress will be sustainable," she said.

The BBC says her comments come amid growing expectation that another group of political prisoners could soon be set free.