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BURMA/MYANMAR: Men brutally tortured in army base and imprisoned illegally


Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that after soldiers in Kachin State, northern Burma detained two men over alleged involvement in an anti-government armed group, they were tortured and interrogated illegally. Furthermore, although the men, named Lahpai Gan and Baran Yaun, were turned over to police custody they were then sent back to the military for the interrogation and torture. After that police opened two criminal cases against the men on the basis of the information obtained illegally through torture and arbitrary detention, and without any other evidence upon which to base the cases. Finally, the courts, although aware of these facts, sentenced the two to a total of seven years in prison. Read More...

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Torture in Burma

Anecdotal evidence is that torture is endemic although it is not possible to document and report systematically due to prevailing conditions in the country. Torture and cruel and inhuman treatment or punishment occurs in both political and ordinary criminal cases as well as in other settings, and is practiced by the police, military intelligence officers, soldiers, prisons officers, and executive officers (such as council officials) acting in a policing capacity.

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