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Burma Released HIV-Positive Activists From Hospital Confinement


Burmese authorities have released a group of HIV activists who had been detained in a hospital since Tuesday after protesting their colleague's arrest.

Earlier reports indicated that 11 HIV activists were being held in the Waybargi Infectious Diseases Hospital after participating in prayer vigils at Buddhist temples in Rangoon calling for the release of Phyu Phyu Thinn.

The 35-year-old prominent health activist and member of the National League for Democracy was arrested May 21st for organizing a prayer campaign for the release of NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The United Nations says that Burma has one of the most serious HIV epidemics in Southeast Asia, with an estimated 360-thousand people living with HIV.

At least 40 activists were arrested in May for demanding that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate be released from house arrest.

Her confinement was scheduled to expire May 27th, but was extended for another year by the military government.

She has been detained without trial for 11 of the past 17 years.

Burma's military government has consistently extended her house arrest since she was last detained in 2003.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won in 1990 elections.

But Burma's government has refused to recognize the results and has prevented the NLD from taking office.

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