Magazine article New Internationalist

Political Prisoners - the Basics

Magazine article New Internationalist

Political Prisoners - the Basics

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The law

Political prisoners are arrested without warrant and are sentenced in short mock trials without proper representation.

The State Peace and Development Council has formulated numerous vague laws as 'security' legislation in order to imprison those who oppose it.

* Section 5 Q) of the Emergency Provision Act - most frequently used against political prisoners for 'affecting the morality of the general public or threatening the stability of the Union'. Sentence; 7 years.

* Article 17 (1) and 17(2) of the Unlawful Association Act - all organizations of a political nature are unlawful, except for the National League for Democracy. This act is used to punish people involved with such groups. Sentence: 2 to 5 years.

* Printers and Publishers Registration Law - 7 years for all who print, publish or distribute written materials without permission. …

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