August 17, 2015

Summary of the Current Situation

As of the end of July there are 120 political prisoners in Burma, with  448 activists awaiting trial.

This month, 16 people were arrested and charged, 15 were indicted, 21 were sentenced, and 17 were released. Five political prisoners are reported to be in bad health.

Among those reported to be in bad health are students detained in Tharyarwaddy Prison following the violent crackdown on the student protests against the National Education Law.

Fourteen of the students and their supporters were released on bail in July, however 63 remain in detention. On-going health concerns among the students that remain in detention have prompted their
parents to submit a request to the court early this month demanding that an external doctor address the detainees’ health problems.

Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)

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