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BURMA URGED TO FREE SICK PRISONERS
- Subject: BURMA URGED TO FREE SICK PRISONERS
- From: moe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 17:56:00
Burma Urged to Free Sick Prisoners
Saturday, October 11, 1997; 1:41 p.m. EDT
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Amnesty International is
Burma's military government to release three ailing
prisoners, who have been transferred to a hospital
Burma's prisons are crowded and inmates suffer from
diet, sanitation and health care, human rights
Unhealthy conditions and delayed medical care
led to the deaths of political prisoners in the past.
The London-based human rights group said Win Tin, Cho
Aung Than and Aung Khin Sint, all members of the
pro-democracy party led by Nobel Peace Prize
San Suu Kyi, should ``not be returned to prison
Cho and Win Tin both have heart conditions, Amnesty
A government official, who spoke on condition of
said Aung Khin Sint has high blood pressure, a weak
diabetes. The official said Cho had high blood
denied that his condition was serious.
The three men, all in their 60s, have recently been
from prison to a Rangoon hospital.
In addition, Suu Kyi's cousin, Aye Win, who had
since May 1996 without trial, is also receiving
at the hospital, members of Suu Kyi's National
Amnesty International estimated that Burma's
number more than 1,000. Many are from Suu Kyi's party.
Burma's military government succeeded an earlier
regime in 1988, suppressing pro-democracy
killing thousands of protesters.
Suu Kyi received the Nobel in 1991 for her peaceful
bring democracy to Burma.