Burma Allows HIV Shelter to Continue Operating
November 30, 2010
Burma authorities gave a last-minute reprieve Nov. 25 to HIV patients living in a shelter run by supporters of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Local officials in military-ruled Burma had ordered the 80 patients to vacate, without explaining why they would no longer approve the requests for overnight guests that are legally required. Shelter organizers say the permits must now be renewed each week, and there is no guarantee that they will be. Shelter staff members believe the eviction threat stemmed from a recent visit by Suu Kyi just days after her Nov. 13 release from extended house arrest. Suu Kyi promised to help secure badly needed medicine at the shelter. The ruling junta regards Suu Kyi and her nonviolent struggle for democracy as a threat to its power.
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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