Myanmar’s military junta has blocked communications between detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her family and lawyers, Suu Kyi’s son said.
Suu Kyi’s son Kim Aris told VOA by telephone that the Myanmar junta has “absolutely” not allowed him to communicate with his mother, despite concerns about her health.
Suu Kyi, 78, was arrested on February 1, 2021, after the military annulled the election results won by her party. The coup was met with protests across the country and worldwide outrage. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison on baseless corruption charges.
Kim Aris, son of former Myanmar leader who is now imprisoned, Aung San Suu Kyi. (Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez)
Suu Kyi was recently denied emergency medical attention due to severe tooth and gum problems that made it difficult for her to eat.
Aris said he had sent the letter and care package about two months ago, when he heard about his mother’s deteriorating health.
“I have not received confirmation that he has received the package,” he said.
According to her son, Suu Kyi has not been allowed to have contact with her legal advisers since at least January.
“He is not allowed to mix with other prisoners. “Basically he was in solitary confinement,” he said.
VOA has been trying to contact the junta spokesperson since last Friday (24/11) to follow up on Suu Kyi’s case, but has not received a response.
In late October, junta spokesman Major General Zaw Min Tun told VOA by telephone they would consider allowing Suu Kyi to see her family if they officially requested it.
However, in an interview with VOA on Friday last week, Aris said that the junta did not officially notify him through the relevant communication channels.
“The military put out several statements through the press that I could make an official request,” he said, “but they haven’t actually told me… As far as I know, I don’t believe what they say.”
Aris, who was born and raised in England, said he had used all official channels in his home country to try to contact his mother.
“I have made requests through the British Foreign Office, the Burmese Embassy here and the International Red Cross to at least communicate with my mother since the beginning of the coup, and have received absolutely no response,” he told VOA. (ps/lt)