|Angela Merkel, German chancellor
Aung San Suu Kyi is a symbolic figure of the global fight for human rights. Her pacificism and intransigence have made her a model.
|David Cameron, British prime minister
Aung San Suu Kyi is an inspiration for all of us who believe in freedom of speech, democracy and human rights. Freedom is Aung San Suu Kyi's right. The Burmese regime must now uphold it.
|Nicolas Sarkozy, French president
France will be extremely attentive to the conditions in which Madame Aung San Suu Kyi enjoys her refound liberty. (Any) restrictions on her freedom of movement and expression would constitute a new unacceptable denial of her rights.
|Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general
Notwithstanding the welcome news of her release, it is deeply regrettable that Daw Aung Suu Kyi was effectively excluded from participating in the recent elections....
Democracy and national reconciliation require that all citizens of Myanmar are free to participate as they wish in the political life of their country. "Her dignity and courage in the face of injustice have been an inspiration to many people around the world.
|Navi Pillay, UN high commissioner for human rights
This is a positive signal that the authorities in Myanmar are willing to move forward with the serious challenge of democratic transition, and the need for national reconciliation. Clearly, Aung San Suu Kyi can make a major contribution to this processes.
It is important that her release is unconditional, and that this is honoured in practise. Her long detention and deprivation of rights remain a serious violation of human rights on the part of the government of Myanmar.
I urge the authorities of Myanmar to now release the other 2,200 political prisoners as a clear sign that the new Government intends to respect human rights and forge a new future for the country.
|Jose Manuel Barroso, head of the European commision
It is now crucial that Aung San Suu Kyi has unrestricted freedom of movement and speech and can participate
fully in her country's political process. I also call for the unconditional release of all other citizens
detained for their political convictions.
|Seiji Maehara, Japanese foreign minister
The government of Japan views the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as a step forward.
We expect the government of Myanmar to take further positive measures in the future to realize improvement of the human rights situation, democratisation and national reconciliation.
|Piero Fassino, EU special envoy for Myanmar
We hope that this act... is followed by other essential ones: freedom for all political prisoners, an end to all hostility towards ethnic minorities and the launch of a process for national reconciliation.
It's now time for Myanmar to launch a real democratic transition based on dialogue and the involvement of all parts of society.
|Bill Clinton, former US president
I am thrilled by the news of her release. People who love freedom everywhere admire her and the long sacrifice she has made for her people.
I was honoured to present Aung San Suu Kyi with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000 and I hope this signals a new direction for life within the country and for the country's relations with others beyond their borders. In light of recent elections, I also hope that Aung San Suu Kyi's release will lead to the rapid inclusion of her and the Burmese citizens in governance.