Myanmar: Over 200 activists still held
The State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) continues to detain 258 National League for Democracy (NLD) activists, among them 235 members of parliament-elect. Amnesty International has obtained the names of 142 of those arrested. Ten activists have been charged under Section 5(j) of the 1950 Emergency Provisions Act; the others remain detained incommunicado and without charge. Amnesty International is concerned that a number of activists are being held at Insein Jail in Yangon (Rangoon) where conditions are very harsh. Only four activists have been released to date, and Amnesty International is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all the 258 activists as prisoners of conscience.