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Don't be fooled by Burma's meagre prisoner release, says Waihnin Pwint Thon.

The dictatorship is seeking legitimacy through token gestures – my father is among thousands of political prisoners still in jail

Su Su Nway freed from jail

Among six released from Kamti prison is high-profile activist Su Su Nway, who was sentenced to 12 years in 2008. She was the first activist to successfully sue the regime.

Charm Tong of the Shan Women’s Action Network

Interview with Charm Tong of the Shan Women's Action Network about the rapes and mistreatment of women and children by Burmese military forces.

"In the case of the four rapes that were reported last month, our members interviewed the rape survivors. We have video footage of the interviews and the testimony of the villagers."

Honey oo

Far from home

Honney Oo was sentenced to 9 years and 6 months in 2007

In November 2008, she was transferred to Lashio prison in Northern Shan state, which is over 600 miles from her family in Rangoon.

The Forgotten Women Prisoners in Burma

March 2011: About the 150 women in prison in Burma for speaking out about human rights and democracy...

Ellen Bruno

Interview with film-maker Ellen Bruno: "I visited a friend in the camps in Burma... I saw human trafficking first-hand, and realized that the young girls had so little awareness of what was to happen to them..."

Noble Aye - Prisoner in Burma

Jan 2011: In August 2007 Nobel Aye (aka Hnin May Aung) participated in the protests against the regime’s economic mismanagement... She was arrested in a midnight raid on her home on 23 August 2007...


Dec 2010: Women have always been in the forefront of efforts in Burma to combat oppression and promote democracy, but their involvement has grown deeper and stronger...


In November 2008, Sandar Min was sentenced to 65 years in prison. Like many students, Sandar Min took to the streets, and became part of what became known as the ‘People Power Uprising’....

I asked the Karen children: “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  - At least three of them said they want to be a soldier, specifically, of the Karen Army.

Women and Kids in Karen Village

Girls Trafficked from Burma

'Conveniently ignoring the silver Mercedes parked in the forecourt outside, she repeats she makes nothing from prostitution. She's in it because she cares. She takes the girls in, puts a roof over their heads. "What can I do? I feel sorry for them. Somebody has to protect them."'


Nov 2010: By Chris Crowstaff - "Over the last decade, despite time in prison, Phyu Phyu Thin has been helping people living with HIV/AIDS. "In my view, the government should not pressure these vulnerable people..."