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US Calls for Release of Burmese AIDS Activist


The United States is urging Burma to immediately release a jailed AIDS activist and several democracy advocates.

U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Wednesday the U.S. has heard reports that AIDS activist, Phyu Phyu Thinn, is on a hunger strike.

He said Burma should unconditionally release her from jail and give her medical attention.

Police seized Phyu Phyu Thinn and several other activists in May after they prayed in Buddhist pagodas for the release of opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung Sann Suu Kyi has spent more than a decade confined to house arrest. The military-run government extended her detention for another year last month.

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