YANGON (AFP) – Detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will soon submit her first-ever personal appeal for release to Myanmar’s ruling junta, her lawyer told AFP Saturday.

Kyi Win said the Nobel Prize laureate had approved the final draft of a legal appeal to the country’s ruling junta for her release during a meeting Saturday afternoon at the lakeside Yangon house where she has been confined for most of the last 19 years.

“This is in fact one of the first appeals of this kind as far as I know,” the lawyer said.

“From my point of view we are hoping for her immediate release,” he said, adding the appeal would be submitted Monday or Tuesday.

The lawyer refused to comment on Suu Kyi’s health, after reports she was not accepting food.

The meeting was their fifth since August 8 and aside from a medical check-up by her personal physician last month, Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to meet with anyone else — including visiting UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari last month and the junta’s liaison officer last week.

Her doctor Tin Myo Win is scheduled to pay her a visit at her request Sunday, he said.

Concerns about Aung San Suu Kyi’s health have mounted since her National League for Democracy (NLD) party said on September 5 that she had refused most of her food rations for the last three weeks.

The regime denies that she is staging a hunger strike, and the NLD has not used the term.

But the party has said that her refusal of food supplies was “to denounce her continuing detention, which is unfair under the law.”

The 63-year-old has no other source of food aside from the daily supplies provided by the military regime.

Her party won a landslide victory in a 1990 election but the junta never allowed it to take office. The military has ruled Myanmar since 1962.

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