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Wednesday, 16 August 1989
Page: 149


Senator GARETH EVANS —Yesterday Senator Schacht asked me a question relating to the arrest and detention of the Burmese Opposition Leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. I can now confirm that information was received yesterday afternoon that Aung San Suu Kyi gave up her hunger strike on 1 August.


Senator Hill —I heard that on the news the day before.


Senator GARETH EVANS —Well, it had not been confirmed. Senator Hill, with his new exalted status, might have lines of access which are denied to us lesser mortals, but we do not respond to every passing rumour, we respond only to confirmed evidence. She gave up her hunger strike after receiving assurances from the military regime about the treatment of her detained senior party colleagues. I can also confirm that she is now reported to be fast regaining her health and full physical capacity, even though, obviously, Senator Hill knew that already and does not need to have any such reassurance. The Government will continue to follow the situation in Myanmar closely and we hope that the restrictions on Aung San Suu Kyi and other opposition members which still remain, and which are still just as indefensible, will soon be lifted.