Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Burmese Coalition urges world community to save Aung San Suu Kyi's live

By Solomon

New Delhi (Mizzima)- A coalition of Burmese civic organizations across the world has expressed concern over the news of hunger strike by detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and has call on international communities to immediately intervene to save her life.

National Campaign for Food and Freedom, a coalition formed with 28 Burmese organizations, on Thursday said the health of the 63 years old, Burmese democracy icon, could be grave danger, following the news of her refusal to accept food supply.

"Her health is in terrible danger if in fact she has been on a hunger strike for two weeks," the coalition said in their statement.

Dr. Raymond Tint Way, spokesman of Australia-based Concerned Burmese Physicians and Professionals (CBPP), a member group of the coalition said, they are calling on the international community to exert strong pressure on the Burmese regime on their actions against Aung San Suu Kyi.

"She as the leader of the country has been suffering under the injustice practices of the junta and the international communities should not watch silently," Tint Way said.

Last week, following the UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari's visit to the country, Burmese people as well as the international community was shocked by the news that detained Nobel Peace Laureate had refused to accept her regular weekly food supplies.

While her party spokesperson said he cannot confirm the information due to lack of communication, the exiled wing of her party – National League for Democracy/Liberated Area – said she last receive her food supply on August 15.

"We believe she is into hunger strike protest, so we are worried over her health if she should continue," he added.

But the information was merely rebuffed by the military government, saying it was purely rumors.

But on Monday, Nyan Win said, Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed another rare meeting with her Lawyer Kyi Win, who then said her health condition was fine but she needed rest.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained for the past 12 of 18 years, was allowed a meeting with her lawyer as well as her family physician in August.

"We want the regime to allow physicians, visitors and diplomats and members of her party, National League for Democracy to see her," Dr Raymond said.

The NCFF said in urging the international community to immediately intervene, it is all set to hold protest rallies in major cities around the world.

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