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Myanmar: has the ICRC been able to visit Aung San Suu Kyi?

29-07-2003 FAQ

Yes. As part of its current series of visits to people detained following the violent events of 30 May, the head of the ICRC delegation in Myanmar and a colleague met Aung San Suu Kyi on 28 July at her place of detention. The visit, which included a private interview with the detainee, went ahead according to standard ICRC criteria and procedures.

Initially, Aung San Suu Kyi had been specifically excluded from the government's decision in early June to allow ICRC access to people arrested after the May events.

The ICRC has visited more than 30 other people held in various places of detention since the May events. It plans to repeat the visits, and to visit all places where people detained in connection with the events might be held. The delegates will register them, check on their conditions and treatment and enable them to write to their families.

The ICRC began visiting people detained in Myanmar in 1999. Since then 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.

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