One political prisoner killed and dozens injured following attacks in two Myanmar prisons

The latest incidents come as critics say the International Committee of the Red Cross is not doing enough to protect the country’s political prisoners

A political prisoner was tortured to death in Mandalay’s Obo Prison late last week, days after dozens of female political detainees were assaulted at Daik-U Prison in Bago Region, according to sources.

Htet Yan Naing, a Sagaing native serving a four-year sentence at Obo Prison on terrorism charges, died on June 21 after being severely beaten by prison staff, said Thike Tun Oo, spokesperson for the Political Prisoners Network – Myanmar (PPNM).

“The prison staff beat Ko Htet Yan Naing with bamboo sticks, wooden sticks, and batons, and also tortured him with a taser. It was only when he was dying that he was taken from Obo Prison to Mandalay General Hospital,” he said.

The victim was targeted for attempting to report drug trafficking inside the prison, according to the PPNM spokesperson. His body was not returned to his family, but sent directly to the cemetery for cremation. . .

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