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Red Cross Team Visits Political Prisoners in Burmese Prison - 2003-08-06


Officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross say they have conducted more visits to Burmese prisoners jailed for supporting pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

A Red Cross statement released Tuesday said officials visited Burma's Shwebo prison, near Mandalay, recently to check the condition of political prisoners there and give them a chance to write messages to their families.

Red Cross officials visited Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon on July 28th. She was detained after clashes between pro-democracy demonstrators and supporters of Burma's military government.

State media have accused her supporters of causing the incident, but critics of Burma's military government say opposition activists were provoked into taking part in the clash.

The Red Cross has been visiting political prisoners in Burma since 1999. Since that time, officials estimate they have visited more than five-thousand detainees.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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