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Old 08-30-2003, 01:49 PM   #46
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Here is the link to send an email to the UN to help free her! email them!

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Old 09-01-2003, 08:46 AM   #48
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Here's some news from the BBC website (, although the article suggests nothing can be confirmed.

Suu Kyi 'on hunger strike'

Aung San Suu Kyi has been held incommunicado since May
The Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has begun a hunger strike in protest at her continued detention, according to the United States Government.

But Burma's military junta dismissed the claim as "groundless", saying it was "quite odd for the US State Department to make such a claim without stating any sources to verify its allegation".

The US statement has even surprised Burmese opposition groups, who said they could not confirm the report.

Washington's controversial claim was made late on Sunday, in a statement which also cited "deep concern" for Aung San Suu Kyi's health and repeated a demand for her release.

State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said the Burmese Government had "full responsibility" for the pro-democracy leader's well-being.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been held in an undisclosed location for three months, following a clash between her supporters and pro-government groups at the end of May.

Burma's ruling military generals said the US claim was "an attempt to overshadow recent political developments in Myanmar (Burma)."

On Saturday, the Burmese Government announced a new "road map to democracy", promising constitutional reforms.

Surprising claim

The BBC's Burma analyst Larry Jagan says he would be surprised if Aung San Suu Kyi had begun a hunger strike, as it was not her usual style.

The source of the US claim remains unclear. The democracy leader has only been allowed to see two visitors since being detained, and no-one has seen her in the last five weeks, our correspondent says.

Both of Aung San Suu Kyi's visitors - UN envoy Razali Ismail and a representative from the International Red Cross - said she was in good health.

Even senior Burmese opposition leaders are said to be sceptical of the US claim, saying that Aung San Suu Kyi has recently been supplied with clothes, books and medicines.

A senior member of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party told Reuters news agency that he was unaware she had gone on hunger strike until he heard it through the international media.

'Road map to democracy'

Washington's hunger strike statement came a day after Burma's new Prime Minister Khin Nyunt promised a "road map to democracy".

There have also been recent reports in Rangoon that Khin Nyunt may be planning to meet Aung San Suu Kyi in the near future to explore how the political dialogue process could be restarted.

In his speech on Saturday, he said the government would draw up a new constitution which would lead to free and fair elections.

But he gave no timetable for releasing the pro-democracy leader, nor any suggestion that the military was ready to give up its hold on power.

Burma's military junta is under international pressure to free Aung San Suu Kyi and hasten its democratic reforms.

The US and the European Union have imposed tough sanctions on the country, while Japan - Burma's biggest aid donor - has frozen financial aid to the impoverished state.

But according to our correspondent, there is little likelihood of political change in the near future, unless Burma's military rulers start genuine political talks with Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Old 09-20-2003, 10:13 PM   #49
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This is rather alarming, I hope she is really OK:

Suu Kyi Said to Recover From Surgery

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Saturday, September 20, 2003; 9:20 AM

YANGON, Myanmar - Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was recovering well after undergoing surgery, her physician said Saturday.
The 58-year-old Nobel laureate underwent what was described as a "major" three-hour operation Friday at the private Asia Royal Cardiac and Medical Center in the capital, Yangon. Her physician, Tin Myo Win, declined to specify the nature of the operation. But doctors familiar with the case called it a common gynecological procedure.

"Her recovery is very satisfactory," and her blood pressure and pulse are stable, said Tin Myo Win, who led the operating team.

Suu Kyi, who won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her nonviolent promotion of democracy, has been detained at an undisclosed location by the military government since the end of May, when she and her followers were caught in a violent clash in northern Myanmar with government supporters.

Her detention, accompanied by a crackdown on her National League for Democracy party, has drawn international condemnation and calls for her immediate and unconditional release.

Her hospitalization late Wednesday brought a mix of concern about her condition and relief that her location was finally known. The only outsiders known to have seen her were a special U.N. envoy and representatives of the International Red Cross.

The hospital where she is staying is being guarded by about a dozen undercover police and military intelligence officers. Her doctor said that Suu Kyi is expected to remain hospitalized for seven to 10 days.

He said he did not know whether her two adult sons had been informed of her condition. Her husband, British academic Michael Aris, died several years ago.
The military seized power in 1988 after crushing a pro-democracy uprising in Myanmar, also known as Burma. It held elections in 1990, but refused to recognize the results after Suu Kyi's party won. 2003 The
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I saw this too. I hope she's OK.
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from BBC:

Suu Kyi back home - under arrest
Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has left hospital and returned home under effective house arrest in the capital Rangoon, reports say.

Ms Suu Kyi, who was recovering from a gynaecological operation in a private Rangoon medical centre, was discharged on Friday.

A government spokesman quoted by Reuters news agency did not clarify the conditions of Suu Kyi's return to her home after more than three months in detention.

"She will continue to rest at home under the supervision of her doctors while the government stands ready to provide and assist her with medical and humanitarian needs," the spokesman said.

But anyone wanting to visit her will need to apply to the military government for permission, and her doctor said earlier on Friday she would be in custody at her home.

The BBC's Burma analyst, Larry Jagan, says the ruling military junta is using her operation as a excuse to allow her home without appearing to back down to foreign pressure.

Earlier, Ms Suu Kyi's physician stood outside the Asia Royal Hospital in Rangoon to announce that his patient was due to go home "but will still be effectively under house arrest".

"Anybody who wishes to see her once she is home can make arrangement through the authorities," said Dr Tin Myo Win.

Aung San Suu Kyi was detained on 30 May, following violent clashes between her supporters and a government-backed mob.

Despite international outrage and Western sanctions, the Nobel prize winner has remained in detention ever since.

Dr Tin Myo Win read out a statement by Ms Suu Kyi in which she thanked her supporters, who have maintained a vigil outside the medical centre, but asked "specifically that nobody should want to see me leave the hospital."

The physician said he would accompany the pro-democracy leader to her lakeside residence outside Rangoon on Friday, and then visit her regularly.

"I'm still worried about her health, but she is improving and she is perfectly well to go home," he said.

Aung San Suu Kyi, aged 58, has been under house arrest twice before - the first time for six years between 1989 and 1995, and the second time for 20 months until she was freed in May 2002.

International diplomacy

There has been a massive international outcry over her continued detention, with constant demands for her immediate and unconditional release.

Her imprisonment has also strained relations within the region.

Friday's development came after the Indonesian envoy to Burma, Ali Alatas, and the Thai foreign minister visited Rangoon earlier this week.

Indonesia has been keen for Rangoon to make concessions before next month's Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit in Bali, which Burma is due to attend.

By allowing Aung San Suu Kyi to return home - albeit under house arrest - the junta may assume it has done just that.

But according to our correspondent, international pressure will not stop until the Burmese Government unconditionally frees Aung San Suu Kyi, and starts substantive political talks with her about the future of the country.
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I pray she is getting the proper medical attention she needs. Without knowing what the surgery was for specifically and with the sanctions aganist the Myanmar military and the inability to get any real reports out of Burma, it's impossible to know if she's being treated properly. I hate too think about the conditions of hospitals there. We can only hope.
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Good grief, I hate to think about hospitals there too. They won't tell us anything.
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This is a portion of the article I read in the Washington Post today:

They have said only that she would continue to rest at home and the government would ensure she got good medical care, but Suu Kyi's doctor said no one would be allowed to visit her without the generals' permission.

One person almost certain to be allowed to see Suu Kyi is U.N. envoy Razali Ismail, a Malaysian diplomat due to arrive in Yangon Tuesday on his 11th visit in a so far vain effort to revive reconciliation talks between the NLD and the military.
U.S. and European diplomats were turned away from her house, which the military put under tight security, setting up road blocks and checking cars.
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While reading an article about this year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, I once again thought about Suu Kyi, who is not reallyvery far from my thoughts on any given day.

This is a really good read from the Washington Post:

And I hope this talk will do some good.

Bush to Raise Suu Kyi Issue with Thai Leader

Thursday, October 16, 2003; 5:35 AM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States will continue to press Myanmar to release democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and will raise the issue with Thailand next week, the Bangkok Post quoted President Bush on Thursday as saying.

It said Bush told a group of Asian editors he was "displeased" with the continued detention of the opposition leader, held in a secret place from May 30 until she was put back under house arrest following surgery last month.

"We will continue to press for freedom in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi is a great figure. She is an heroic woman. This country honors her and will continue to press for her freedom," Bush was quoted as saying.

"The wishes of the people need to be honored and we will continue to speak out. I will talk to the Thai prime minister about this.

The United States has tightened sanctions on Myanmar since Suu Kyi was detained, but Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, like most other regional leaders, refuses to follow suit, preferring to pursue a policy of persuasion.

Thaksin told reporters on Thursday he would plead harder for Suu Kyi's release, but he would not do anything that might be seen as interfering in Myanmar's internal affairs.

"We all want to see democracy in Myanmar and I will explain to the U.S. president what Myanmar is doing."

Bush begins a week-long trip to Asia in Japan on Friday, then goes on to the Philippines, Thailand -- where he will attend the October 20-21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Bangkok -- Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

*Is it getting better, or does it remain the same?*
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Keeping fingers crossed!!!

Thai PM Says Expects Myanmar to Free Suu Kyi 'Soon'

Sunday, October 19, 2003; 1:50 AM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra told President Bush on Sunday he expects Myanmar's military rulers release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi soon.
"I think Myanmar will release Aung San Suu Kyi soon," Thaksin said he told Bush in a meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Bangkok.
"Since they have allowed her to go back home, they will soon return freedom to her. Right now, they say they are keeping her for her own safety," Thaksin said told reporters.
On Saturday, the United States and Japan pressed Thailand and its neighbors to use every means to promote democratic change in Myanmar and to bring about the release of Suu Kyi, the democracy icon who has been in detention and then house arrest since May 30.

One other article there also:

Bush Presses for Democracy in Myanmar

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Sunday, October 19, 2003; 12:28 PM

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