Aung San Suu Kyi requires ‘urgent care’ in prison after ‘vomiting and severe dizziness’ but has been denied treatment by the military junta who forced her out of power, according to her British son.
Fears over the health of the Myanmar democracy leader are growing as she has reportedly been left in such severe pain by gum disease medication she has been unable to eat.
Prison authorities made a request for private care for the 78-year-old which was denied, according to local sources.
Her youngest son, who lives in London, has now pled with the military leaders to allow his ailing mother to receive treatment.
Kim Aris, 46, slammed the military authorities, saying: ‘To deny a sick prisoner access to recommended medical care is callous and cruel.
‘To the best of my knowledge my mother has been vomiting and has severe dizziness as a result of her ill health,’ he said, speaking to The Times.
‘Urgent care has been recommended by prison authorities but this has been denied.’
He added: ‘I urge the authorities in Burma to relent and act in a humane way.’
Mr Aris wants his mother to be returned to her home in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon.
He called the decision by the military leaders to keep his mother in prison while she is suffering from poor health ‘heinous’ in an interview with The Independent.
‘To hold someone illegally in prison, a move condemned by the outside world, is compounded into further and heinous wrong when basic human rights are abrogated,’ he said.
There have been suggestions in recent weeks that the former leader, who was ousted by a military coup in 2021 before being jailed, could be put under house arrest after she was pardoned in a number of cases.
Her legal team is continuing to appeal to prove her innocence in the cases, as well as working on appeals for 14 others she faces, despite not being able to meet with her in prison.
General Min Aung Hlaing, leader of the junta, has ruled Myanmar since Suu Kyi’s deposition and arrest in the coup of February 2021.
Human rights monitors have reported 4,035 deaths since the military junta took power and 24,674 arrests.