SOS : Myo Yan Naung Thein's Health is Deteriorating

Burmese military regime is systematically attempting to kill political dissidents by neglecting to give medical treatment to them.
May 13, 2009 - PRLog -- Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) expressed very seriously concerned and worried over military government denial of giving medical treatment to political prisoner Myo Yan Naung Thein who become paralysed in 2007 as the result of the severe tortured he received during interrogation. Currently Myo Yan Naung Thein is held in Than-Dwe prison which is hundreds of miles away from Rangoon, his home town.

Myo Yan Naung Thein’s health situation is worse than before and no medical treatment is received more than two months now since he complained about his deteriorating health situation.

His legs are stiff and cannot bend at all and people got to carry him for moving. This is the new development of illness build up apart from his neurological problem. He cannot sleep and eat well as the sequences he lost weight.

“I am very sad to learn that in Than-Dwe prison, there is no doctor or medics to look after prisoners. I am sure that this is regime's systematic attempt to kill political dissidents”, said Myo Thein, Director at the Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) in United Kingdom.

Visiting him is very difficult for the families members due to natural barriers. By coach it takes 2 days to get there and roads are very bumpy and dangerous as it built through mountains and jungles. A ticket for the Bus is also very expensive and risky trip indeed.

“The reason why military junta sent political prisoners to remote prisons is that they are also punishing political prisoners' families”, said Khin MAung Win, Director at the Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) in United States.

Myo Yan Naung Thein served 7 years in prison in 1997 due to his leadership in 1996 Students demonstrations. It is second time military regime arrested him after 2007 Saffron Revolution due to his leading role. Military regime tortured him very severely during interrogation and he becomes partially paralysed. According to the neurologist, he needs to take medication regularly and treat his illness appropriately.

"Whenever international attentions divert from these vulnerable political prisoners, they are treated very inhumanely and medical treatment are ignored" said Kyaw Lin Oo, Director at the Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) in Thailand.

For more information please contact

Myo Thein
00-44-78 7788 2386
00-44-20 8493 9137
[United Kingdom]

Khin Maung Win
00 194196126 22
[United States]

Kyaw Lin Oo
00 6684107 9352

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