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Democracy Supporters Concerned Over Detention of Myanmar AIDS Activist

June 4, 2007

The continued detention of AIDS activist Phyu Phyu Thin, a member of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party, prompted democracy advocates in Myanmar to speak out on Saturday.

"It is nearly two weeks since [she] has been taken from her home, and we are worried about her," said Min Ko Naing, an activist with the 88 Generation Students group. "Authorities breached their promise because they had promised the family she would be sent home. I can say with certainty that Phyu Phyu Thin had not violated any existing law. Her main activity is helping HIV/AIDS sufferers and uplifting the lives of AIDS patients."

Since 2002, Phyu Phyu Thin has been providing HIV/AIDS patients with care, counseling, and education. She was taken from her mother's home on the night of May 21.

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In recent years, the ranks of Nobel laureate Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy have been severely depleted by arrests and harassment. On May 25, Myanmar's military government ignored international pleas for her freedom and extended her confinement for another year.

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Adapted from:
Associated Press
06.02.07


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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