Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Political Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike in Burma

Fifteen political prisoners have refused to eat, and been conducting a hunger strike in Insein Prison located in Burma. The prisoners are on strike to protest the difference in treatment between them and criminal prisoners, who are eligible to get off early on good behavior. The strike began October 26th, and since it began, the prison officials have attempted to make their situation worse.

The following day, prison guards refused to give them drinking water. On October 29th, the fifteen were seperated and placed in solitary confinement in kennels that were typicakky used for guard dogs. As of today, the prison has now banned family members from being able to visit their loved ones until at least December.

Despite several concerns from families and the United Nations, prison officials are not releasing any information on the prisoners at this time.

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