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The Forgotten Women Prisoners in Burma

March 2011

There are over 150 women imprisoned in Burma for speaking out about human rights and democracy.

Naw Bey Bey

Naw Bey Bey - Prisoner In Burma Naw Bey Bey is from Karen State, where she trained in community primary healthcare, after which she began to work in healthcare for Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs).

She was arrested in January 2006, by Tatmadaw troops in Toungoo District, Karen state. Naw Bey Bey had been home to visit her family after she received word that her mother had died. After Naw Bey Bey’s arrest it was reported that she was interrogated and beaten.

She was seen in a Tatmadaw camp near the village of Play Sa Lo, looking bruised, unfed, frail and wearing torn clothing. There have been several reports of Naw Bey Bey being taken out of prison and forced to travel with the Burmese Army as a medic. During this time it was reported that she was raped by soldiers.

Ma Thin Thin Aye aka Mie Mie

Ma Thin Thin Aye aka Mie Mie - Prisoner in BurmaMie Mie was sentenced to 65 years in jail by a special court in Yangon's Insein Prison on 11 November 2008. According to reports in the exile Burmese media, after hearing her sentence, Mie Mie shouted "We will never be frightened". In November 2009 Mie Mie was transferred to Katha prison, Sagaing Division, in the north-west of the country. This is 800 miles (1290km) from her home in Yangon, and it is now much more difficult for her family to visit her. The decision to move Mie Mie was made despite her continuing poor health. At the beginning of November her husband told exile media groups that she was suffering from spondylosis and arthritis.

Mie Mie has three young children, who are cared for by their father.

Honey Oo

Honey Oo  - Prisoner In Burma Honey Oo is a young Law student, in her early twenties, and a member of the All Burma Federation Student Union (ABSFU). She was arrested in October 2007. She was one of 20 leaders chosen when the ABFSU was reformed on 28 August 2007 in the lead up to the Saffron Revolution. After her arrest, Honney Oo’s family wrote to the director of prison administration requesting that she be allowed to sit her final exams in detention. At this point in time, she had not been convicted of any offence. Authorities denied permission for Honney and 2 other students to sit their exams. Thus, Honney has been unable to finish her law degree. In November 2008, Hooney was transferred to Lashio prison in Northern Shan state, which is over 600 miles from her family in Rangoon.

Mar Mar Oo

 Mar Mar Oo - Prisoner In BurmaMar Mar Oo was just a high school student when she was first sentenced to 3 years in prison with hard labour. She was the first woman activist accused under Section 5/j of the Emergency Provision Act. Following her release, Mar Mar Oo was undeterred in her political activities, as she joined the 1996 student’s movement. She was again arrested and sentenced to 14 years with hard labour.

Mar Mar Oo received a prison sentence of 70 years in 2008, which was 5 years more than the other defendants at her trial. Under section 401, a former political prisoner must finish the remainder of their sentence if they break the agreement not to participate in politics. Mar Mar Oo had previously been imprisoned in 1989 and in 1996. When she was released, she still had 5 years left to serve and this was then added to her 65 year sentence for her involvement in the Saffron revolution. She is now in Tharawaddy prison in Southern Burma.

Daw Win Mya Mya

Daw Win Mya Mya Daw Win Mya Mya is 60 years of age. She has been a member of National League for Democracy and an activist since 1988. She was travelling with Daw Aung Suu Kyi’s motorcade in Depayin in 2003, when it was attacked by a militia mob. During that attack, Daw Win Mya Mya broke both arms. She still suffers from nerve damage as a result of those injuries. Daw Win Mya Mya also suffers from low blood pressure, diabetes and has difficulty sitting or standing.

She was sentenced in October 2008 to twelve years in prison for her activities during the September 2007 demonstrations. She was transferred to the isolated Putao prison in far north Burma in March 2009. She managed to tell her brother before she left, “I am being sent to where I deserve for my works. You live one day, you die one day. I don’t care if they send me to the moon.”

In February 2010 local authorities auctioned off her shop, thereby cutting off a possible livelihood in the future.

Thet thet Aung

Ma Thet Thet Aung - Prisoner in Burma was given a total 65 year sentence in November 2008 for her activities during the Saffron Revolution. She is a member of 88 Generation Students Group, who through their protests in August 2007 sparked off the Saffron Revolution. In October 2009, AAPP learnt that she urgently requires heart surgery. Thet Thet Aung has a history of heart disease and has been suffering from blackouts and hypertension9.

Thet Thet Aung is said to take real joy in being a mother to her three young sons. Her husband was given a sentence of 11 years. Their children are currently staying with Thet Thet Aung’s mother. Her friends remember that she is always smiling and laughing, and she likes to tell funny stories.

San San Tin

San San Tin - Prisoner In Burma San San Tin is Thet Thet Aung’s aunt and mother of political prisoner Nyi Nyi Aung. In October 2007 San San Tin was arrested and shortly after she is began serving a 9 year sentence for ‘aiding and abetting a wanted person”. She had assisted her son Nyi Nyi Aung and other prodemocracy activists. San San Tin is in poor health. In January 2008 her sister said that she had a tumour on her neck and was due for an operation.” She previously had an operation on her left eye, which has now deteriorated further. San San Tin was hospitalised in November 2008 for investigations. It was reported in June 2009 that San San Tin was suffering from heart disease as well as a swelling in her neck11 .

Noble Aye

Nobel Aye - Prisoner in BurmaNoble Aye was put into a punishment cell in September 2009.

AAPP received information in September 2009 that she was ill from Hepatitis.

She had previously been ill with jaundice in June 2009.

 

Nilar Thein

Nilar Thein - Prisoner in Burma On 22 January 2009, family members of Nilar Thein were reported to be concerned about her health, having heard that she has a peptic ulcer. They were also concerned that she was being held in solitary confinement.

She was vomiting every day and when she went to see the doctor he told her to just go in for meditation and tell her beads.

Nila Thein has a daughter age 3 and a half, who lives with grandparents. Nila Thein's husband is also serving a 65-year prison sentence.

 

Prisoner update - January 2012

Reprinted courtesy of the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners in Burma (AAPPB)

 

Name

Sentence

Prison

Date of Sentence

More Info

1  

Ama Nyunt

10 yrs Mandalay N/A  
2 Aye Aye Min

Aye Aye Min

10 yrs Insein N/A  
3  

Aye Aye Mu

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
4  

Aye Aye Myint

N/A Insein  07-Sep-07  
5  

Aye Aye Thet

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
6  

Aye Chan

8 yrs Insein 05-Jul-05  
7  

Aye Ma Kyaw

N/A N/A 28-Sep-07  
8  

Aye Mi Khine

N/A N/A 27-Sep-07  
9  

Aye Thi Khaing

8 yrs Insein 04-Jul-05  
10 Aye Thida

Aye Thida

18 yrs Henzada  14-Oct-07  
11  

Cho Cho Aye
@ Cho (Daw)

2 yrs Yemethin 03-Oct-09  
12  

Cho Cho Lwin

2 yrs Insein 04-Oct-09  
13  

Cho Cho Than

8 yrs  Myitkyina 30-Sep-09  
14  

Cho Lwin

N/A N/A N/A  
15  

Daw Tiza
@ Daw Khaw Tiza

17 yrs & 50,000 kyat Insein 05-May-05  
16  

Hla Ain Za Li

N/A N/A 27-Sep-07  
17  

Hla Hla

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
18  

Hla Hla Maw
@ Maw Gyi  

9 yrs & 6 mths Myingyan 27-Aug-08  
19  

Hla Hla Win

27 yrs Katha 11-Sep-09  
20  

Hla Kay Thi Win

Under Trial Insein 04-Jan-11  
21  

Hla Kyi

N/A Mergui 06-Sep-99  
22  

Hla Myint

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
23  

Hnin Nwe Moe
@ Hnin Hnin

4 yrs Insein 07-Sep-07  
24 Honey Oo

Honney Oo

9 yrs & 6 mths Lashio 09-Oct-07 Read More
25 Htar Htar Thet

Htar Htar Thet

19 yrs Hkamti 03-Nov-07  
26 Htay Htay Ngwe Yee

Htay Htay Ngwe Yee

N/A Insein 05-May-00  
27  

Htet Htet Oo Wai

5 yrs Putao 30-Dec-08  
28  

Htoo Khin

10 yrs Mergui 20-Nov-98  
29  

Htwe

N/A TenasserimGuard 27-Mar-99  
30  

Htwe Khin Oo

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
31  

Jennet Khaing

7 yrs N/A 08-Aug-08  
32  

Kabyar

2yrs Mandalay 28-Sep-09  
33  

Khaing Mar Soe

10 yrs  Bassein 01-Jul-06  
34  

Khin Hnin Aye

N/A Mandalay 13-Sep-08  
35  

Khin Khin Nu

17 yrs & 50,000 kyat Insein 05-May-05  
36  

Khin Nyein Chan Soe

N/A N/A 07-Jun-08  
37  

Khin Nyunt Mu

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
38  

Khin Than Aye

5 yrs Mandalay N/A  
39  

Khin Thin Kyu

N/A N/A 25-Sep-07  
40  

Khin Win Kyi

Under Trial Insein N/A  
41  

Khin Yi @ Daw San

65 yrs Insein 2008  
42  

Kyaing Kyaing Thin
@ Khin Moe Nwe 

3 yrs & 3 mths Insein 16-Nov-08  
43  

Kyi Kyi War

11 yrs Paungde 04-Jan-08  
44  

Kyu (Daw)

N/A N/A 19-Sep-07  
45  

Kyu

7 yrs Insein N/A  
46 Lay Lay Mon

Lay Lay Mon

11 yrs Shwebo 23-Sep-07  
47  

Leah Leah

N/A N/A 28-Sep-07  
48 Leh Leh Cho

Leh Leh Cho

7 yrs Mandalay N/A  
49  

Ma Ma Khin

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
50 Mar Mar San

Ma Ma San

N/A Kale N/A  
51  

Ma Nge

7 yrs & 6 mths Tharawaddy 28-Aug-07  
52  

Ma Pauk

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
53  

Ma Sanda

1 yrs @ 6 months Putao 06-May-10  
54  

Mar Mar Aye

14 yrs Insein 04-Jan-97  
55  

Mar Mar Aye

2 yrs Hard Labor Paungde 15-Aug-09  
56 Mar Mar Oo

Mar Mar Oo

70 yrs Bamaw 07-Aug-08 Read More
57  

Mar Saw Aye

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
58  

Maw Maw Naing

N/A Taungoo  08-Aug-06  
59  

May Hlaing

N/A N/A 28-Aug-07  
60  

May Mi

N/A N/A 22-Sep-07  
61  

May Mon

N/A at Hosptial 07-Aug-07  
62  

May Win

N/A N/A 29-Sep-07  
63  

Mee Mee

N/A N/A 17-Apr-08  
64  

Mi Chu

N/A Moulmein 11-Apr-97  
65  

Min Min Hlaing

N/A Insein  N/A  
66  

Modoni

Detention N/A 07-May-08  
67  

Moe Moe Khaing

13 yrs Moulmein 12-Oct-05  
68  

Mu Mu

N/A Moulmein N/A  
69  

Mya Mya Theint

5 yrs Putao 18-Oct-07  
70  

Mya Than

N/A Insein  26-Sep-07  
71  

Mya Win
@ Tin Win

N/A N/A 26-Sep-07 Released 2nd Jan 2012
72  

Myaing
@Than Nyunt

5 yrs Mandalay N/A  
73  

Myint Aye

Detention Insein  15-May-07  
74  

Myint Kyi

N/A N/A 19-Aug-07  
75  

Myint Maw

N/A N/A 24-Aug-07  
76  

Myint Myint San

N/A Mandalay N/A  
77  

Myint Myint San
@ Ma Cho

3 yrs Katha 13-Mar-09  
78  

Nan Nyunt Ye Hlaing

15 yrs Loikaw 10-Aug-96  
79  

Naw Al Soe Phaw

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
80 Naw Bey Bey

Naw Bey Bey

8 yrs Taungoo Jan-06 Read More
81  

Naw Mae Lis

N/A Mergui 14-Sep-97  
82 Naw Ohn Hla

Naw Ohn Hla

2 yrs Taungoo 03-Oct-09  
83  

Ngwe Ngwe Win

N/A N/A 27-Sep-07  
84  

Ngwe Win

N/A N/A 00-Sep  
85 Ni Mo Hlaing

Ni Mo Hlaing

5 yrs  Thayet 14-Jun-08  
86  

Ni Ni Minn

N/A Myingyan N/A  
87 Nilar Thein

Nilar Thein
@ Ni Ni Mar

65 yrs + Under Trial  Thayet 10-Sep-08 Read More
Sign petition
88 Nobel Aye

Noble Aye
@ Hnin May Aung

11 yrs Monywa 23-Aug-07 Read More
89  

Nur Nahar Luky

N/A N/A 07-May-08  
90  

Nwe (Daw)

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
91  

Nwe Hnin Yi
@ Noe Noe

7 yrs Maubin 19-Oct-07  
92  

Nweh Nweh Thinn

N/A N/A 29-Sep-07  
93  

Nyo Nyo Lwin

N/A N/A 24-Aug-07  
94  

Nyunt Kyi

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
95  

Ohmar

N/A N/A 26-Mar-08  
96  

Ohn Mar Kyaw

N/A N/A 27-Sep-07  
97  

Ohn Mar Shwe

N/A N/A 05-Oct-07  
98  

Ohnmar Myint 

13 yrs  Insein  15-May-07  
99  

Pada Mya rMyay Thu
@ Poe Ei

N/A N/A 03-Oct-07  
100  

Paung Khwin Ma

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
101 Phyo Phyo Aung

Phyo Phyo Aung
@ Hnin Pwint Wai

4 yrs Moulmein Freed October 12th 2011
102  

Phyo Phyo Yee

N/A N/A 18-Jun-05  
103  

Phyu Phyu Theint

Under Trial Insein  07-Sep-07  
104  

Phyu Phyu Win

N/A Insein  07-Sep-07  
105  

Phyu Phyu Win

28 yrs Taungoo 06-Aug-06  
106  

Pwint Phyu

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
107  

Rabea Khatun

N/A N/A 07-May-08  
108  

Rahim Markatul

N/A N/A 07-May-08  
109  

San San Maw
@ Mi Chay

65 yrs Insein 2008  
110  

San San Myint

2 yrs Tharawaddy 03-Oct-09  
111  

San San Myint
@ Thu Zar

3 yrs & 3 mths Insein 16-Nov-08  
112 San San Tin

San San Tin

5 yrs Meiktila 19-Oct-07 Read More
113 SanDar Min Schwee

Sandar Min
@ Shwee 

65 yrs + Under Trial Myaungm ya 23-Aug-07 Read More
114  

Shwe (Daw)

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
115  

Shwe Ye Min

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
116 Su Su Nway

Su Su Nway
@ Nwe Nwe Win

8 yrs & 6 mths Hkamti Freed October 12th 2011  
117  

Swe Swe

Under Trial Myaungmya N/A  
118  

Than Hla

N/A Mergui 06-Sep-99  
119 Than Htay

Than Htay  

7 yrs Insein 01-Jan-03  
120  

Than Mya
@ Than Than Mya

5 yrs Bamaw 22-Jan-10  
121 Than Soe

Than Soe

7 yrs Insein 23-Sep-04  
122 Than Than Htay

Than Than Htay

17 yrs Insein Freed October 12th 2011
123  

Than Than Myint

N/A N/A 02-Oct-09  
124  

Than Than Su Win

7 yrs Insein 01-Nov-03  
125  

Thanda Tun
@ Thanda

5 yrs Yemethin 03-Sep-09  
126  

Thandar

29 yrs Insein 01-Apr-08  
127  

Thandar Kyaw

N/A N/A 29-Sep-07  
128  

Tharaphy Theint Theint Tun

11 yrs Prome  10-Oct-07  
129  

Thein Thein Yin

N/A Ann Military interrogation 03-Mar-09  
130 Thet Thet Aung

Thet Thet Aung

65 yrs + Under Trial  Myingyan 19-Oct-07 Read More
131  

Thin Thin

N/A N/A 12-Oct-07  
132

Mie Mie

Thin Thin Aye
@ Mee Mee

65 yrs + Under Trial  Katha 13-Oct-07 Read More
133  

Tin Mar Swe

24 yrs Mandalay Jul-04  
134 Tin Tin Myint

Tin Tin Myint

N/A Taungoo 08-Aug-06  
135  

Tin Shwe

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
136  

Tin Tin Cho

3 yrs Lashio 12-Jun-08  
137  

Tin Tin Swe

N/A N/A 03-Oct-07  
138  

Tin Yee

Detention N/A 15-May-07  
139  

Tin Zar Aung

Under Trial N/A N/A  
140  

Wa Wa Aung
@ Khaing Yamin

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
141  

Wai Wai Nu  

17 yrs & 50,000 kyat Insein 05-May-05  
142 Daw Win Mya Mya

Win Mya Mya

12 yrs Putao 28-Sep-07 Read More
143  

Yin Kyi

8 yrs Insein 04-Jul-05  
144  

Yin Yin Htike

N/A N/A 27-Sep-07  
145  

Yin Yin Thite

N/A N/A 23-Aug-07  
146  

Yin Yin Wyne
@ Sizar

4 yrs Shwebo 12-Jun-08  
147  

Yine Mon

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
148  

Zin Hnin Aye

N/A Mandalay N/A  
149 Zin Mar 

Zin Mar

N/A N/A 08-Oct-07  
150  

Zin Nyine Thu

N/A N/A 07-Aug-07  
151  

May Hnin War

8 yrs Taungoo N/A  
152  

Naw Go Salin Key

8 yrs Taungoo N/A  
153  

Naw Pi Pi

8 yrs Taungoo N/A  
154  

Ma Phyu
@ Chaw Su Hlaing

28 yrs Taungoo N/A  
155  

Naw Cho Cho Aye

28 yrs Taungoo N/A  
156  

Zarni Oo

N/A Insein 14-Oct-10  
157  

Aye Aye Nwe 

N/A Insein 14-Oct-10