Burma: Prisoners

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have received representations about the denial of medical treatment to Burmese political prisoner Myo Yan Naung Thein; and what plans they have to investigate his situation and raise his case with the Government of Burma.

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Our embassy in Rangoon continues to inquire about the cases of Min Ko Naing and Myo Yan Naung Thein with political prisoner support networks and those non-governmental organisations concerned with prisoner welfare. We have received no recent updates on the status of Myo Yan Naung Thein, but understand that Min Ko Naing was transferred to a hospital for treatment in May. Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials met a family member of Myo Yan Naing Thein on 4 July to discuss his case.

Our Ministers, the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council and the UN Security Council have called for the release of all political prisoners in Burma. Our embassy in Rangoon regularly repeats this call in their contacts with the Burmese regime.

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