Myanmar's Military Regime Arrests HIV/AIDS Workers
August 15, 2006
On Monday, a dissident group reported that Myanmar's military regime had arrested 11 members of "Friends with Red Ribbon," a local nongovernmental HIV/AIDS organization. The 11 were accused of not informing officials they were staying overnight at a Buddhist monastery, where the group was preparing to memorialize those who have died of AIDS in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. They were freed without any charges shortly after hundreds of supporters mobbed the police station, said Aung Din, policy director for the Washington-based U.S. Campaign for Burma. FWRR members were represented by an attorney from the National League for Democracy, the group associated with Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace laureate who remains under house arrest by the regime. "This is a serious threat to the NGO community and people working to assist AIDS patients all over the country," said Din. "They are now experiencing a new harassment by the military regime."
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