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EU Concerned about Burmese Opposition Leader's Health


The European Union says it is concerned about the health of detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the detention of her personal physician.

An EU statement released Wednesday called on Burma's military government to immediately provide the Nobel Peace laureate with proper medical attention and access to her lawyer.

The statement also urged Burma to halt systematic torture and denial of health care to prisoners. The EU also called for the release of all political prisoners.

The statement follows reports that a doctor's assistant put Aung San Suu Kyi on an intravenous drip last week because she could not eat, had low blood pressure and was dehydrated.

Her political party said Tuesday that she was feeling better.

Burmese authorities allowed the doctor's assistant to make a return visit on Monday, after earlier refusing permission.

No official explanation has been made for last week's detention of Aung San Suu Kyi's personal physician, Tin Myo Win.

The 63-year-old Nobel Peace laureate has been under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years. Her current term is due to expire at the end of this month, but Burma's military government has rejected an appeal to free her.

A human-rights group released a report this week warning that Aung San Suu Kyi and 18 other political prisoners are in urgent need of medical care. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said many of the more than 350 political activists imprisoned in Burma since last October have been sent to remote prisons that lack medical facilities.

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