Political Prisoners in Burma? Dont be silly!

17 May

Good news out of Burma. Turns out there are no political prisoners. This comes after the a recent call by the UN envoy to Burma to release political prisoners. In response the government said it will reduce all prisoners’ sentences by 1 year, but that there are no political prisoners in Burma, so the UN should really just stop kvetching…

This news will be of great comfort to the 2,000 (+) political prisoners in Burma, who, it has now been made clear, do not exist. Human Rights Watch lists some of the more well known non-existent prisoners in their article on the recent events:

Some leading political prisoners serving long sentences include:

Zargana, Burma’s most famous comedian, who is serving a 35-year sentence for criticizing the military government’s slow response to Cyclone Nargis;
U Gambira, a 30-year-old monk who was one of the leaders of the peaceful protests of August and September 2007 and is now serving a 63-year sentence;
Min Ko Naing, a former student leader serving a 65-year sentence;
Nay Phone Latt, a 30-year-old blogger who used his blog to spread news about the 2007 protests and was subsequently sentenced to 12 years in prison; and
Su Su Nway, a female labor rights activist serving an eight-and-a-half-year sentence after raising a banner criticizing Burma’s government at the hotel of a visiting UN special envoy.

For more info on Burma’s Political prisoners check out the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners in Burma.

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