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UN envoy to Myanmar ‘extremely concerned’ about Aung San Suu Kyi’s health

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Speaking in Singapore, Noelen Heizer said she would not make a second visit to the country unless she could see the ousted leader.

Noelen Heiser, the UN special envoy to Myanmar, said she was “deeply concerned” about the health of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been in detention since the military ousted her in a coup in February 2021, and that she will not visit the country again unless you can see it.

Speaking at ISEAS Yusof Ishak in Singapore on Monday, Heizer noted that Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted of election fraud last week and sentenced to an additional three years in prison with hard labour.

She had already been convicted of a number of other crimes in secret military courts, with sentences totaling 17 years in prison.

“I am very concerned about her health and I condemn her sentence to hard labor,” Heyzer said, noting that she had expressed her concerns about Aung San Suu Kyi to coup leader Min Aung Hlaing during their discussion in Naypyidaw in August. She also requested to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi at the time, and called on the coup leaders to allow the 76-year-old to return home.

“I was told there would be a meeting eventually,” she said.

Myanmar sank into crisis when the military seized power 18 months ago, just as the country’s new parliament was due to meet for the first time since elections in November 2020.

The seizure of power led to nationwide protests and the military responded with force.

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In the months that followed, the situation became increasingly violent with some protesters taking up arms and the army bombing villages and setting civilian homes on fire in an attempt to stamp out resistance to his rule.

Some 2,263 people have been killed since the coup, according to the Association to Aid Political Prisoners, which monitors the situation. In July, the military regime hanged four of its critics in a move that shocked the world.

Heizer had direct talks with General Min Aung Hlaing when she was in Naypyidaw, her first visit since becoming an envoy.

She said she made six requests prior to the visit: an end to the executions, the release of all detained children, the immediate and immediate delivery of humanitarian aid, an immediate cessation of violence including aerial bombardment, the release of all political prisoners, and the release of all political detainees. Meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Dealing with the SAC (the State Administration Council) was not an easy process,” she said, referring to the military by the name they gave to its administration.

She stressed that the United Nations’ dealings with the generals did not “in any way” legitimize the regime.

She said the SAC sent three diplomatic notes to the United Nations on its work, including regarding its involvement with the Government of National Unity (an administration set up by deputies from the ousted government) and accused it of using “biased statements” when discussing Rohingya who were forced to leave the country in the crackdown. military five years ago.

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Heizer said that Naypyidaw’s visit resulted in “some very simple and small results that I am advocating can contribute even in small ways” including the assurance that no child under the age of 12 is held in prison and that she will not be allowed to do so. Meet Aung San Suu Kyi “Finally”.

She said when asked if she had plans to visit Naypyidaw again.

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