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Rights Groups Say Burma Prison Conditions Causing Depression


Burmese student dissident groups say political prisoners held in a number of prisons in Burma are suffering from deteriorating health and depression.

In news releases today, the groups - Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) and All Burma Federation of Student Unions - cited the case of Ye Kyaw Zwa, detained in MyinGyan prison in upper Burma.

The reports say he is suffering from serious depression over poor prison conditions, poor medical treatment and the length of his sentence.

The groups say he was sentenced to 19 years in prison for his part in a 1996 demonstration. The dissidents say Ye Kyaw Zwa is getting no treatment because there are no psychiatric specialists at the prison.

The reports say student dissidents are not allowed to read or write and are often imprisoned hundreds of kilometers from their homes, contributing to their depression.

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