The U.S. State Department and the United Nations say they are seriously concerned about reports that the security detail for detained Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been withdrawn.
The State Department said (Thursday) it is deeply concern for the welfare of the Nobel laureate. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan expressed similar thoughts and called on Burmese authorities to remember their responsibility to ensure her well-being.
A U.S.-based nonprofit organization, U.S. Campaign for Burma, has called on its members to contact the country's embassy in Washington to call for her release.
Opposition party members reported Thursday that the government has reduced the number of visits she is allowed by a doctor and has eliminated her security detail.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest from more than a year.