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NLD hears political inmates’ relatives on UN rights day

Ashin Naymeinda dies in jail
A Buddhist monk and political prisoner sentenced to a 20-year term in 1999 died in prison on Wednesday with probable sepsis after jail officials failed to make available sufficient care for his mouth ulcers, according to laymen.

Ashin Naymeinda, aka Myo Min or Nay Win,
50, who became a Buddhist monk 30 years ago, was detained at Insein Prison in Rangoon and then Moulmein Prison in Mon State, for distributing leaflets urging a pro-democracy uprising on September 9, 1999 (9/9/99).

“He had ulcers in his mouth so he couldn’t eat or drink, but prison authorities failed to provide medical treatment for him. His family also had difficulties getting to the prison to see him,” a laymen told Mizzima.

He was charged under section 17/1 of the Unlawful Associations Act and 5(j) of the Emergency Provisions Act in late 1999. He
was moved to Moulmein Prison in early 2000.

Poet Nyein Thit, detained with Ashin Naymeinda at Moulmein Prison for seven years, said while there the latter had led a protest against the loss of prisoners’ rights.

He was cremated on Thursday.

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Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – National League for Democracy members met relatives of political prisoners at party headquarters today in BahanTownship, Rangoon, on the occasion of 62nd UN International Human Rights Day.

This meeting was held under the theme: “Integrate different views, stop war and work for peace”, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Aung San Suu Kyi, party leaders, its central legal aid and social work committees also attended the event and committee representatives presented and listened to reports from the relatives on the various violations of prisoners’ rights, party spokesman Ohn Kyaing said.

“The situation of political prisoners is that there are shortages of everything, more help is needed and that their plight is getting increasingly severe as ICRC can’t visit them nowadays … were presented … the overall situation … became clearer today,” he told Mizzima, referring to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

About 150 relatives of political prisoners attended. One, Nyunt Nyunt Oo, the mother of 88-Generation student Punneik Tun, told those attending of the lack of health care in prisons, lack of funds to travel for visits, that prisoners were being held in far-flung areas and many other difficulties relatives and inmates were experiencing.

She was encouraged at hearing explanations of prisoners’ rights by lawyer Nyan Win and a presentation by central social aid committee member Nai Nai on NLD assistance, she added.

“Daw Suu’s invitation … was a great encouragement for us. It was uplifting and she pledged that she would do her utmost to provide assistance to us. She also told us to present our difficulties to the authorities concerned after consulting with the NLD,” Nyunt Nyunt Oo said, referring to Suu Kyi by the Burmese female honorific, “Daw”.

Suu Kyi instructed members to record all the presentations made by the relatives and offered words of consolation. She also urged them to read the Burma Jail Manual, which details the lawful rights of prisoners and then to call for their own rights by themselves.

Rights day celebrations were also held at NLD Ahlone Township office in Rangoon and attended by about 300 people. Lectures and a show of literature were held, Ahlone NLD youth wing member Lu Maw Latt, a leader of the national non-violent struggle movement, said.

“We distributed UN documents such as the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights … to raise public awareness about human rights,” he told Mizzima.

Poet Ni Lone Oo compared terms from Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the prevailing rights situation in Burma and poet Thura Za recited a work especially written for Human Rights Day, elaborating further on the rights conditions in Burma.

More than half of whom live below the World Bank defined poverty line (US$1.25 a day), Burmese people live a daily grind without press freedoms amid violations of prisoners’ rights, forced relocations both in conflict zones along the borders and to make way for projects that benefit only the military elite and their cronies. There is widespread forced recruitment of child soldiers, forced seizure of farmlands and many other rights violations.
prisoner-presents-flowers-sNilar Thein, an 88-generation student leader being held in Thayet prison, is staging a hunger strike and requests from relatives see her denied on Monday ahead of a regular visit.

She was arrested along with her husband Jimmy by junta officials on August 22, 2007 for launching a demonstration by joining a march against fuel-price increases. They were each sentenced to 65 years in prison.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in New York stated in a report released on Wednesday that Burma ranked fourth from the top among 28 countries for the number of journalists jailed after 1996. Of 145 journalists arrested this year, 13 are in Burma. China and Iran each have 34 each, meaning these three countries make up more than half of the total.

The UN General Assembly passed and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948 and since, this day has been observed as International Human Rights Day.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 December 2010 03:55 )  

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