x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi's son granted visa to see his mother

Kim Aris, 33, has not seen his mother for 10 years, while she has never seen her grandchildren.

Myanmar has granted a visa Kim Aris, the younger son of Aung San Suu Kyi so that he can visit his mother for the first time in 10 years.
Myanmar has granted a visa Kim Aris, the younger son of Aung San Suu Kyi so that he can visit his mother for the first time in 10 years.

Myanmar has granted a visa to the younger son of the opposition leader democracy Aung San Suu Kyi so that he can visit his mother after her release from house arrest, her lawyer said today.

Kim Aris, 33, arrived in Bangkok from his home in Britain in anticipation of the release of his mother, who was freed on November 13 after more than seven years confined to her lakeside home in Yangon.

Ms Suu Kyi's lawyer, Nyan Win, told AFP today "He has got his visa already and he is trying to come today," adding that Ms Suu Kyi, 65, planned to welcome her son at Yangon airport.

During her detention, Ms Suu Kyi had no telephone or internet access and only limited contact with the outside world.

Ms Suu Kyi, the daughter of Myanmar's assassinated independence hero General Aung San, has not seen Kim, or her elder son, Alexander, for about 10 years and has never met her grandchildren.

Mr Aris had an "emotional" telephone conversation with his mother on the evening of her release, according to the British embassy in Bangkok.

Sources at Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party said Mr Aris would travel from the Thai capital tomorrow morning if he could not arrange a flight for today.

Ms Suu Kyi, who had been locked up for 15 of the past 21 years, was released less than a week after a widely criticised election that cemented the military regime's decades-long grip on power but was dismissed by many as a charade.

Her long struggle for her country has come at a high personal cost: her husband, a British academic, died in 1999, and in the final stages of his battle with cancer the junta refused him a visa to see his wife.

Meanwhile government censors in Myanmar have ordered nine magazines to suspend publication for not following regulations.

The magazine Weekly Eleven reports in its latest issue that the press scrutiny board did not say how the privately owned local magazines violated regulations.

However, all nine printed photos of Ms Suu Kyi after her release, in inserts that were used as wraparound covers when the magazines were on sale.