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Myanmar: The climate of fear continues, members of ethnic minorities and political prisoners still targeted

, Index number: ASA 16/006/1993

This report examines the continuing violations committed against real or impugned opponents of the government, including the long-term imprisonment of political prisoners after unfair trials, and details of recent arrests. Prison conditions are said to be harsh and several instances of torture, ill-treatment and deaths in custody are noted. Former political prisoners face surveillance and intimidation by the Military Intelligence Services (MIS). Widespread abuses committed by the armed forces, tatmadaw, against members of ethnic minorities in the context of counter-insurgency operations are also noted, including the arbitrary detention of villagers to act as porters and unpaid labourers for the army, and their subsequent torture, ill-treatment and extrajudicial execution.

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