Yangon, 9 August

The notorious military, like anarchists, abuses political prisoners and their families in prisons and detention centers, according to the report of Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) released on August 7.

In a report titled “Anarchist Country,” AAPP detailed the daily struggles of political prisoners following the last military coup.

The report is based on interviews with 30 political prisoners who have been released from various prisons, including the notorious Insein Prison, including Myitkyina, Myeik, Hpa-an, Taungoo, Thayet, and Tharyarwaddy, as well as their family members and those who left the country for security reasons.

According to AAPP’s report, people are unlawfully arrested without a warrant, held incommunicado, and subjected to interrogation during their initial detention.

According to AAPP, they were subjected to various sorts of torture throughout their interrogation, with the majority of them subjected to both physical and mental abuses.

The AAPP reports that family members are not allowed to meet with political prisoners during court proceedings.

Political prisoners are denied proper food, water, and health care, and there are protests, forced labor, transfers to remote prisons, and extortion.

Political prisoners who have been released have physical and mental health issues, receive constant surveillance by local authorities, and fear further arrest.

As a result, most are forced to flee the country and face the additional challenges of displacement, which also affects family members, AAPP’s report said.

Political detainees interviewed by AAPP stated that they and their families were subjected to arbitrary extortion and beatings during their arrest and custody.

According to AAPP, more than 3,800 pro-democracy activists and people were killed during the military coup, and more than 24,200 people were arrested, 19,700 of which are still in custody.

News-Than Lwin Times


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