Torture or death sentence?
July 8, 2003
An elected Member of Parliament has been hospitalized for urgent
medical treatment after being tortured in an SPDC interrogation
Soe Win, 58, was arrested after the May 30 massacre in middle Burma.
He was detained and interrogated between June 5 and June 29. During
his interrogation, he was reportedly tortured. As a result, he received
injuries to his head and eyes. On June 29, military authorities
sent Soe Win to his home, where he was unable to walk or speak and
had very low blood pressure.
Since 1988, more than 90 political prisoners have died as a result
of torture and ill-treatment in prison. We, the Assistance Association
for Political Prisoners, are concerned about the condition of Soe
Win while under surveillance in hospital and other activists who
remain in custody.
Moreover, we are worried about the condition of political prisoners
as Burma’s political climate has rapidly deteriorated over
the past weeks.
We want the international community, especially southeast Asian
countries, to know that the Burmese regime is trying to kill opposition
politicians, including Soe Win, an MP elect.
Democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi also narrow escaped from the
brutal killings on May 30. Some 70 people were reportedly killed
in that slaughter. We want the world to know that the people of
Burma urgently need a democratic government which respects human
While some countries insist that the current crisis in Burma is
an internal affair, we would like remind the international community
that a country’s destructive “internal affairs”
can easily disturb the peace and tranquility of the world.
Assistance Association for Political Prisoners
Biographical data of Soe Win
Soe Win, son of U Kyin Syne, was born on August 7, 1945. He has
a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a degree in Industrial
Production. During the 1988 peoples uprising, he was a bodyguard
for Aung San Suu Kyi. He was elected in Pegu constituency (1) in
the May 1990 general election. His organization, the Party for National
Democracy (PND) was banned on Dec 20, 1990. He has been working
for the National League for Democracy (NLD) since it was founded.
He is a recent member of the Committee Representing the People’s
Parliament (CRPP) which was founded in 1998. He has been arrested
and detained several times for his peaceful political activities.
Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)