YANGON DIVISION – 105 political prisoners including Mr Min Hein Khant, former executive member of Yangon University of Economics Students Union, were reported to be transferred from Insein prison to Thayet prison on Sunday (August 14).
Mr Min Hein Khant was charged under section 505(a) and sentenced to three years in prison at Insein prison court in March.
This is the third time political prisoners were forcibly transferred prisons and family members were not informed of the transfer as usual. Yangon University of Economics Students Union stated that these prison transfers are intentionally carried out on the weekends so that family members will not be able to find out as prisons are closed on Sunday.
The Students Union also said that by sneakily transferring the prisoners like this, the prison authorities are oppressing the family members of the prisoners in addition to regularly oppressing them inside the prisons. They urged the people to always keep the ongoing revolution in mind so that the dictatorship can be eradicated and those unjustly detained can be freed.
Starting with President Win Myint and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, the junta has unlawfully arrested and sentenced the opposers to their illegal regime since the coup. Troops of the junta have continuously tortured and murdered civilians, torched countless villages and blatantly committed all kinds of atrocities.
Over one and a half year since the coup, 2185 innocent civilians have been murdered by junta soldiers nationwide and 15091 are being arbitrarily detained according to Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
The list is based on data collected by AAPP from February 1 2021 to August 11 this year and the group added that the actual number on the ground could be much higher.
11,994 people are still being detained up to this day and 13801 out of them have been unjustly given prison sentences.
81 of those arbitrarily detained were sentenced to death and adding the 42 people sentenced to death in absentia, out of the 121 sentenced in absentia, the total number of people unjustly given the death sentence by the junta council has reached 123.
22 people have been released on bail and 3075 have been released from their detention so far. In addition, up till the end of July, a total of 709 buildings, including houses, have been illegally sealed off by junta forces according to AAPP.