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Title: In Myanmar people are arrested simply for peacefully expressing their opinions. Help set them free.
Date of publication: 08 October 2015
Description/subject: Amnesty International Campaign: Today scores of prisoners of conscience languish behind bars, while hundreds of others are facing charges – and prison – simply for the peaceful exercise of their rights....The President of Myanmar has the power to set prisoners of conscience free. He is susceptible to pressure from abroad. During Myanmar’s election period, tell the international community to use this crucial opportunity to ensure that prisoners of conscience are freed, not forgotten"
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amnesty International
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 08 October 2015

Date of publication: 16 September 2009
Description/subject: A campaigning report with photos and profiles of some of the 2100 political prisoners (2009)...KEY FACTS ABOUT BURMA’S POLITICAL PRISONERS: • Activists and anyone outspoken against military rule have been routinely locked up in Burma’s prisons for years. • There are 43 prisons holding political activists in Burma, and over 50 labor camps where prisoners are forced into hard labor projects. • Beginning in late 2008, closed courts and courts inside prisons sentenced more than 300 activists including political figures, human rights defenders, labor activists, artists, journalists, internet bloggers, and Buddhist monks and nuns to lengthy prison terms. Some prison terms handed down were in excess of one hundred years. • The activists were mainly charged under provisions from Burma’s archaic Penal Code that criminalizes free expression, peaceful demonstrations, and forming organizations. • The sentencing was the second phase of a larger crackdown that began with the brutal suppression of peaceful protests in August and September 2007. The authorities arrested many of the activists during and in the immediate aftermath of the 2007 protests or in raids that swept Rangoon and other cities in Burma in late 2007 and 2008. • More than 20 prominent activists and journalists, including Burma’s most famous comedian, Zargana, were arrested for having spoken out about obstacles to humanitarian relief following Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May 2008. • There are now more than 2,100 political prisoners in Burma—more than double the number in early 2007.
Language: English; French (extracts)
Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
Format/size: pdf (1.51MB)
Date of entry/update: 18 September 2009

Title: Drohende Folter
Date of publication: 02 March 2005
Description/subject: Brigadegeneral Yan Thein, ehemaliger Beamter des Militärgeheimdienstes von Myanmar (MIS), und Oberstleutnant Maung Pu wurden Berichten zufolge am 9. Februar 2005 von Polizeibeamten in der Stadt Mandalay in Zentralmyanmar festgenommen. Sie werden ohne Kontakt zur Außenwelt in Haft gehalten und sind in Gefahr, misshandelt oder gefoltert zu werden. Die Festnahmen der beiden Männer erfolgten vermutlich im Zuge des fortgesetzten Vorgehens der Behörden gegen Angehörige des MIS sowie Mitarbeiter des abgesetzten Premierministers Khin Nyunt.
Author/creator: Amnesty International Deutschland
Language: Deutsch, German
Source/publisher: Amnesty International Deutschland
Format/size: html (20k)
Date of entry/update: 21 March 2005

Title: Amnesty International Medical Letter Writing Action
Date of publication: 05 May 2000
Description/subject: Lack of medical care in Myanmar prisons. Amnesty International is concerned about the poor health of many prisoners of conscience in Myanmar, resulting from torture and conditions amounting to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. These include lack of proper medical care and sanitation, extremely poor diet, and prolonged solitary confinement or overcrowding. In the last ten years dozens of political prisoners have died in custody as a consequence. Amnesty International is in particular concerned for the health of political prisoners U Tin Htun, U Ohn Kyaw, U Tun Aung Kyaw alias Thakhin Mipwar, Zaw Maung Maung Win and Nay Tinn Myint who all require urgent medical attention. Keywords: lack of medical care / prisoners of conscience
Language: English, Spanish
Source/publisher: Amnesty Internattional
Format/size: html, pdf
Alternate URLs: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ASA16/003/2000/en/ff6b50b2-df30-11dd-a3b7-b978e1cb2058/asa1...
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ASA16/003/2000/en/0b46be78-df31-11dd-a3b7-b978e1cb2058/asa1... (Spanish)
Date of entry/update: 21 November 2010

Title: BURMA: A judge admits to having no authority over his own court
Description/subject: The Asian Human Rights Commission has closely followed the case of Phyo Wai Aung, who is the sole person detained and accused in connection with blasts on 15 April 2010 in Rangoon that killed 10 people and injured 168. Phyo Wai Aung has steadfastly maintained his innocence and has complained that he was brutally tortured for nine days to extract a confession. The AHRC has already issued appeals on his case and its sister organization, the Asian Legal Resource Centre, has submitted a special dossier on the case to United Nations human rights experts (ALRC-PL-009-2010).
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Asian Human Rights Commission
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 27 October 2010

Title: The Hinthada 6
Description/subject: On 18 April 2007, four men in Hinthada, a township in the coastal delta region of Burma, were attacked by a government-organised gang. On July 24, one of them and five local farmers were sentenced to four to eight years in jail for “upsetting public tranquillity”. Together they are The HINTHADA 6. To find out more about their story and what it means for human rights in Burma, read more...
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Asian Human Rights Commission
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 17 October 2007