Inmates beaten, isolated for allegedly using mobile phones in Dawei Prison 

The detainees, which included political prisoners, were placed in solitary confinement after they were accused of hiding mobile phones in the prison in Tanintharyi

Twenty people, including political prisoners, were beaten and placed in solitary confinement in Tanintharyi Region’s Dawei Prison after the facility’s authorities allegedly discovered mobile phones in their possession, sources close to the inmates said. 

An unspecified number of phones—which are prohibited—were reportedly discovered during an unscheduled inspection between March 13 and March 15, carried out jointly by members of the military, police, Dawei city development committee, general administration department, and prison staff. 

Those determined to be the owners of the devices in question were beaten, some to the point of having their bones broken, before being isolated from the rest of the prison population, a former political prisoner from the site told Myanmar Now. 

The Dawei District Political Prisoners Network released a statement on Tuesday stating that 20 people suffered injuries in the crackdown, including fractured legs, head wounds, and severe bruising. The. . .

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