ICRC won’t be allowed to see
disrobed Buddhist monks in prisons
DVB ( Feb 23-24 )
A directive from the director of Tennesserim Division prison
authorities in southern Burma says that Buddhist monks who
were arrested, forcibly disrobed and sent to the frontline
areas last month must not be allowed to meet representatives
of the ICRC based in Rangoon.
The directive was sent during a visit to Tennesserim Division
by a four person strong team of the ICRC. The team was at
Tavoy on 21 February and expected to visit Taung Thonelone
and Metta ‘ye phet’ police controlled labour camps.
There are many Buddhist monks who were forcibly disrobed
and sent to the frontline areas which are to be visited by
the team inside Myeik (Mergui) and Bokpyin townships along
the Thai-Burma border.
More than 300 monks were arrested and disrobed by Burma’s
military authority, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)
during the so-called religious riots last years in Mandalay