Sunday, June 11, 2006

Aung San Suu Kyi’s health

It seems as if Aung San Suu Kyi is on the mend and at her house and being tended by her doctor.

Democratic Voice of Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi’s health
Burma’s military junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) police chief Maj-Gen Khin Yi confirmed today that detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was treated for acute diarrhoea this week.
"She is at her house now. She was suffering from diarrhoea," Khin Yi told reporters while travelling in eastern Karen State.
Reports have been emerging since Friday noon that the Nobel laureate was suffering from acute diarrhoea and hospitalised, but her National League for Democracy (NLD) leaders refused to confirm the reports, only saying that they were still enquiring about it.
Reports of her illness had earlier prompted the US State Department to say it was "very concerned" and called on the country's military rulers to ensure she received prompt treatment, and the news spread worldwide. Khin Yi inevitably had to confirm the reports due to the US action.

DVB contacted her family doctors Tin Myo Win and Pyone Mo Ei by phone, but unable to get hold of them. A spokesman of the NLD, Myint Thein also told DVB that there had been difficulties in contacting Aung San Suu Kyi and her family doctor directly. Her doctor, Tin Myo Win, could not be reached for comment, but some reports suggest he might be caring for her inside the lakeside home where she is confined under house arrest.
“Therefore, we are still unable to confirm this matter. But according to the reports today, police chief Khin Yi admitted that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s not well,” said Myint Thein. “Another thing, we received a report from another source that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was hospitalised, is not true. Therefore, there is nothing for us to worry about. And we heard that (she) has the contact with the doctor. One thing, as I said before, there is (we have) no direct contact with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Therefore, the contacts are only through authority organisations concerned and her family doctor, Dr. Tin Myo Win. But there might be some rules Dr. Tin Myo Win has to observe. Therefore, when it comes to this kind of crucial matter, I hope that it would be more suitable if the authorities concerned told the concise, true and full story. We also demand this.

Further news on Suu Kyi has the Burmese police chief saying she is dangerous, as a way to justify continuing her house arrest.

U-Turn: Now, Burmese police chief says Suu Kyi is dangerous

Jun 09, 2006 (DVB) - Burmese police chief Maj-Gen Khin Yi said that the recent extension of the house arrest of Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for another year is due to the fact that she poses a threat to the security of the nation, according reports from Karen State capital Pa-an in eastern Burma.

His latest comment followed his rather confident assessment in May at Kuala Lumpur that support for the detained leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Nobel laureate, has faded and dwindled so much over the years that her release from house arrest is unlikely to pose a threat to political stability as she was unlikely to be able to draw large gatherings.

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