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Amnesty Team Tours Prison in Rangoon - 2003-12-08


A team from Amnesty International has toured the notorious Insein prison in Burma's capital, Rangoon, hoping to meet with political prisoners there.

There is no information on whether the two-person team succeeded in its quest today (Monday). But the London-based human rights group has said it wants a dialogue with the Burmese government on the release of all prisoners of conscience.

A government spokesman confirmed that the Amnesty team visited the prison, but declined to give specifics.

The delegation requested a meeting with detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It is not known whether that meeting has taken place or will be allowed.

Authorities detained Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi and some of her colleagues in May after a clash between pro-democracy and pro-government forces in northern Burma.

This marks Amnesty's second mission to the Southeast Asian country this year. Burma's military government has welcomed the Amnesty mission, which is scheduled to last for 17 days.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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