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Opposition Reports Details Deaths In Burma


A new report by a Burmese opposition group details the deaths of 127 people, who, it says, have died in the custody of the ruling junta since it seized power in 1988.

The Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says there have probably been more deaths under the secretive regime, but they cannot be documented and documentation even in known cases is incomplete.

AAPP says 90 of the 127 people died in Burmese prisons, eight in interrogation centers, four in labor camps and 10 shortlymafter release. The report says 15 disappeared.

AAPP says it is submitting its report, titled "Eight Seconds of Silence" to the newly established United Nations Human Rights Council, set to hold its first meeting in June. The group hopes that Burma will be a test case for the council, which replaces the widely criticized U.N. Commission on Human Rights.

AAPP says there are currently 1,156 political prisoners in Burma, all of whom - it says -- face potential torture and death.

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