Monday, November 12, 2007

UN Burma Envoy Visits Prison in Hunt for 'Missing' Protesters

Source: Guardian Unlimited

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the UN's independent rights investigator for Burma, spent at least two hours at Rangoon's notorious Insein prison, where political prisoners have been tortured and held in solitary confinement.

Pinheiro, who was back in Burma after a four-year ban, also visited the Ngwe Kyar Yan monastery on the outskirts of Rangoon.

The abbot of the monastery, U Yawata, said at the time that 70 monks and lay disciples had been seized during the raid, one of many in which monks were beaten and hauled off in trucks by soldiers. U Yawata said there were bloodstains on beds after soldiers fired around the complex and stole gold.

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