Date: : March 6, 2004
Concerning the Health Condition of Three Student Leaders
We, the AAPP, have learnt that Burmese student leaders Ko Tin Aye,
Ko Thet Win Aung and Ko Ye Kyaw Tun are now hospitalized at Mandalay
Ko Thet Win Aung is suffering from cerebral malarial infection
and depression. He was transferred to Mandalay from Khanti prison
due to malaria and depression in 2003. We don't know what diseases
Ko Tin Aye and Ko Ye Kyaw Tun have.
Tate Naing, the secretary of the AAPP said, "We are extremely
concerned about their health because they may die due to lack of
facilities at the hospital. Of course, they should be in school,
not prison. However, the junta keeps these political prisoners hostage
in order tighten their grip on state control. The junta sees these
prisoners not as human beings but enemies in their struggle to stay
Ko Thet Win Aung was arrested in October 1998 and was given 60
years imprisonment with summary trial. He was then transferred to
Kale prison. He participated in a hunger strike for political prisoners'
rights and was moved again to Hkamti prison. In 2003, he was relocated
to Mandalay prison for his poor health.
Ko Tin Aye was arrested in 1989 and given 20 years imprisonment
by Martial court. Although his original imprisonment was 20 years,
the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) reduced his
term to 10 years in 1993. After he served his sentence, the authorities
failed to release him and extended his sentence under another section
of the law, Section 10(A), called the State Protection Act (1975).
Ko Ye Htun Kyaw was arrested with Ko Thet Win Aung and given 20
years imprisonment. He was moved from Insein to Mandalay prison.
There are currently at least 51 political prisoners in Burma suffering
from serious illnesses. See www.aappb.net/index
Contact to: 66-1-3248935