One of the most acclaimed political prisoners in recent times, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been held in Myanmar without any contact with the outside world for over two months. This detention has raised serious concerns within the current and former leader’s political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).
Aung San Suu Kyi is the State Counsellor of Myanmar and is widely respected for her attempts to bring peace and democracy to her nation. However, she was arrested during a military coup on February 1 this year and placed under house arrest, without any contact to the rest of the world.
The NLD has issued a statement expressing its deep concern for their party’s leader’s health and safety. They also called upon the military junta to immediately release Aung San Suu Kyi from their illegal house arrest and to provide her with necessary medical attention, if needed.
The statement further noted that the party fears for Aung San Suu Kyi’s health, as she can only be seen from a distance and her physical condition has not been determined. They urged the government to let her speak to her family and party members, and to provide her with necessary medical care in the event she needs it.
The NLD has also rightfully criticized the junta for its blatant disregard for human rights and urged it to respect the will of the people by releasing political prisoners and recognizing the established democratic processes.
The international community, meanwhile, has also been calling for Aung San Suu Kyi’s immediate release, with numerous activists and organisations rallying in her support.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s refusal to let go of her lifelong efforts for democratic reforms in her country, even under extreme duress, has inspired the millions of people around the world. The current regime should not be allowed to suppress her will by imprisoning and torturing her.
It is critical that the military junta realizes the tremendous amount of goodwill and affection Aung San Suu Kyi has won and calls upon the international community to support her and help her be freed from her unjustified house arrest.