Myanmar's jailed former leader Aung San Suu Kyi is ailing but is denied care outside prison

Her son hasn't been able to contact her ever since she's been detained

suukyif Aung Sa Suu Kyi | Reuters

Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi's life may be at risk. Suu Kyi is suffering from symptoms of low blood pressure, including dizziness and loss of appetite; she reportedly also has serious gum disease. 

Suu Kyi's son Dannian Kim Arundel Aris has told the Guardian that the 78-year-old ousted leader has been unable to walk at one point, but, hasn't been allowed to see a doctor. According to Aris, Suu Kyi is suffering from vomiting and dizziness and may have problems with her wisdom teeth, Kim Aris said. 

“Nobody outside the prison has seen her for a long time. Now, being unable to eat puts her life at risk. Given how many people lose their lives in prison in Burma, this is of grave concern,” he said. He also said that officers at the prison have requested for medical care, but, authorities have denied it.

US State Department official, Daniel Kritenbrink said on Thursday that several leaders at the summits hosted by Southeast Asian bloc ASEAN this week raised concerns over Suu Kyi's health.

The military government has said that the 78-year-old Nobel laureate is being treated by a prison department doctor. Her son Aris hasn't been able to contact her ever since she's been detained by the military in February 2021, when it ousted her democratically elected government.

Suu Kyi has been seen only once since the 2021 coup and is not allowed to meet her lawyer. The only foreign leader who was allowed access to her was outgoing Thailand foreign minister Don Pramudwinai, who met her in July.

Aris also said that Suu Kyi was not moved to house arrest and she is still at Insein prison in Yangon, even though in July, there were reports about her being transferred to house arrest as part of the clemency action. In August, Myanmar's military-led government reduced Suu Kyi's prison sentences in a clemency connected to a religious ceremony.

This year, her lawyers haven't been able to meet her either nor are they allowed to release information about her cases.  

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