Burma: Ko Htay, U Aung or Maung Htay, Aye Kyaw Zwa and others

Ko Htay, U Aung or Maung Htay, Aye Kyaw Zwa and others At least 30 people, including 2 or 3 lawyers have been arrested and detained since September 25 2002. Their whereabouts is unknown and Amnesty International reports that they may be at risk of torture and/or ill treatment by the military. All but 4 of those arrested are known to be former political prisoners and have served, since 1990 sentences between 3 and 10 years. LRWC is gravely concerned about the safety and well-being of these people. As of October 4 2002, there was no information about whether charges have been laid. LRWC is concerned that these individuals have been arrested for peaceful political activities. LRWC (C. Morris) wrote, on October 4 2002, to the government of Burma noting the United Nations’ desire that Burma [Myanmar] release all political prisoners and ensure freedom for all political parties to conduct normal political activities. LRWC urged the relevant authorities in Burma [Myanmar] to make the whereabouts of the above-named individuals and others known, ensure they are not tortured or ill-treated in detention, and allow them immediate access to their families, lawyers and medical attention. LRWC also urged that these individuals be released unconditionally and immediately unless they are charged with a recognizable criminal offence. e from the Councils of the Commonwealth for one year.