Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Burmese Political Prisoners Murdered After Cyclone Struck

Burmese prisoners 'executed after cyclone hit'
By Sebastien Berger, Graham Jenkins and Stephen Adams
Telegraph UK
In Rangoon, where monks and civilians were clearing the streets of debris, a man who refused to be identified added:
"Where are all those uniformed people who are always ready to beat civilians? They should come out in full force and help clean up the areas and restore electricity."

Insein Prison (pronounced like "insane") is located in Yangon Division, near Yangon (Rangoon), the old capital of Burma. It is run by the military junta of Burma, the State Peace and Development Council, and used largely to repress political dissidents.

The prison is notorious worldwide for its inhumane and dirty conditions, abusive techniques, and uses of mental and physical torture.

One of its most famous prisoners was the Nobel Peace prize winning human rights activist, Aung San Suu Kyi, who currently remains under house arrest.


How you can help the struggling cyclone survivors in Myanmar:
A number of charities have launched appeals to help the Burmese in the wake of this weekend's cyclone. You can donate online to the American Red Cross, or to Oxfam's emergency fund,; Save the Children, ; and for citizens in the UK, to Christian Aid,,