Inside Mandalay’s Obo Prison, inmates suffer through sleepless, suffocating nights

Overcrowding of one of Myanmar’s most dreaded prisons adds to the misery of detainees held there for opposing military rule

Obo Prison in Mandalay has long had a reputation for being one of the worst places in Myanmar to end up as a political prisoner. New arrivals are routinely subjected to brutal beatings just to instil fear in them. Protests are savagely repressed. And female prisoners are treated just as violently as male detainees.  

But even when they are not being physically assaulted or otherwise abused, Obo’s inmates are forced to endure the daily—and nightly—torment of overcrowding.

By late 2021, mass arrests carried out in the wake of anti-coup. . .

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