Myanmar: What steps is the ICRC taking to visit Aung San Suu Kyi?
In early June the ICRC delegation in Yangon obtained permission from the authorities to visit all the people detained following the violent events of 30 May. Although Aung San Suu Kyi was specifically excluded from this initial authorisation, the ICRC continues to seek permission to see her, while visiting others arrested at the same time.
By the beginning of July ICRC delegates had visited and registered more than 30 of the people detained, including the vice-president of the National League for Democracy, U Tin Oo. On 7 July the delegates began a scheduled visit to Insein prison in the capital, and will continue visits elsewhere in order to see all the detainees concerned.
The ICRC began visiting people detained in Myanmar in 1999; more than 230 visits have been made to some 5,800 detainees in 80 places of detention. In line with ICRC procedures worldwide, the findings and recommendations of the visits are discussed confidentially with the authorities concerned.