THE call by Ms Suu Kyi is set to take place during talks with Australia’s Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd during an official visit to Burma next week.
Mr Rudd, who on Friday announced plans to go to Burma, said the visit, the first by an Australian foreign minister since 2002, came at a “critical juncture in Burma’s history”.
He said the trip would allow the Australian government to “assess how it can best support reform and economic development”.
Besides meeting with Ms Suu Kyi, Mr Rudd will also meet with “members of the new Burmese government and leaders across the political spectrum”.
A new civilian government took over from a military-led regime after general elections last year. But rights groups and analysts say former army leaders remain the main power in the country with the new parliament dominated by military-backed politicians.
Australia was one of the first countries to support calls by the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights situation in Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, for an independent commission into rights abuses in Burma.
Rights groups have accused Burma’s military of crimes such as the forced displacement of people, murder, sexual violence including rape and sex trafficking, torture, and the persecution of people based on religious or ethnic identity, among others.
Ms Suu Kyi, during a special message to US lawmakers this week, urged the United States to support setting up of a Commission of Inquiry by the UN into alleged human rights violations in Burma.
Thailand-based Soe Aung, spokesman from the Forum for Democracy in Burma, said this is the message Ms Suu Kyi is set to convey to Mr Rudd during talks.
Establishing such a UN-led commission of inquiry was one of the key factors to bringing about change in Burma, Mr Aung told AAP.
Zetty Brake, a coordinator with Burma Campaign Australia, agreed that Australia had to be more active in the formation of the UN commission.
Ms Brake said Australia should go beyond just supporting the commission, by actively looking to ensure that it is established to look at potential crimes against humanity and war crimes that have been happening in Burma.
She also called on Mr Rudd to press Australian companies investing in Burma to ensure investment funds were not supporting the military regime.
“What Australia can do is to ensure that Australian businesses aren’t helping fund the military regime in Burma and that’s specifically around the oil and gas industry and the revenues from those industries that do go back into the coffers of the military regime,” Ms Brake told AAP.
Australian mining magnate Bill Clough has a $US30 million ($A28.57 million) investment through Twinza Oil Co, exploring oil reserves off Burma’s southern coast.
Mr Aung said Mr Rudd should urge the regime “to release all political prisoners, which will pave the way to national reconciliation and the real genuine dialogue”.
Burma continues to detain more than 2000 political prisoners.
Mr Aung said Ms Suu Kyi will also call on Australia to press Burma for “genuine dialogue between the military regime and the opposition including the (Suu Kyi’s) National League for Democracy”.