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Medical Crisis for Political Prisoners of Letpadan Case

By All Burma Federation of Student Unions, Letpadan Justice Committee and Justice Trust  •  January 25, 2016

There has been a significant deterioration in the health and well-being of 53 students and supporters who have been detained without bail for nine months at Thayawaddy prison. Their criminal trial has now dragged on for nine months. If convicted, they could face up to ten years in prison. Because the arrest was in violation of their rights to free speech and peaceful assembly, which are meant to be protected under the 2008 Constitution (Article 354) and various provisions of international law, the detainees are recognized as political prisoners by human rights groups around the world.

Many of the detainees are suffering from serious untreated medical conditions due to the brutal beatings inflicted by police during their arrest , the unsanitary conditions of their detainment , and the lack of medical treatment . Their urgent efforts to access treatment have been repeatedly denied by the presiding judge and prison authorities. Multiple pet it ions to the Government of Myanmar for redress have also been ignored. As a result , several detainees have developed life- threatening illnesses, including tuberculosis, severe hypertension, and gastrointestinal diseases.

 

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