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Eye Doctor Examines Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi

The party of Burma's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says an eye doctor examined the pro-democracy figure at her Rangoon home for one hour this week.

The National League for Democracy said Friday that Burmese authorities allowed the eye specialist to accompany Aung San Suu Kyi's regular physician on a checkup visit Thursday.

Party spokesperson Nyan Win says Aung San Suu Kyi's regular physician Tin Myo Win spent about four hours at her home, where she has been under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years.

Further details about her condition were not immediately available.

The doctor last visited the Nobel Peace Prize winner on September 14 after her refusal of food deliveries started rumors of a hunger strike.

Nyan Win also said that Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyer has completed preparations for an appeal of her continued detention.

The opposition leader refused to meet with U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari during his August visit to Burma, and she has also refused to meet with her government-appointed liaison.

In related news, the United Nations' new high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, called Thursday for Burma to release all of the country's thousands of political prisoners. During her first news conference since taking office, Pillay said Aung San Suu Kyi's detention is illegal under Burmese law.

Also Friday, Burmese authorities ordered two weekly news journals to stop publication because of their alleged violation of press rules. The True News journal is suspended for two months, while The Action Times is suspended for one month.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.