24 May '11, 8am

Nearly 30 political prisoners in #Burma are on a hunger strike to demand better treatment and to protest against a...

BANGKOK - NEARLY 30 political prisoners in Myanmar are on a hunger strike to demand better treatment and to protest against a recent 'sham amnesty', a pressure group said on Tuesday. The US Campaign for Burma (USCB) said seven women in Yangon's Insein jail began the strike a week ago in response to a clemency programme that outraged critics for failing to include most political detainees. On Monday, 22 male prisoners - including three Buddhist monks - joined the hunger strike, with a six-point list of demands such as better living conditions and improved family visiting rights. 'Prisons in Burma are a known living hell,' said Aung Din, executive director of the Washington-based USCB, who himself served over four years as a political prisoner in Myanmar - also known as Burma. 'There is no adequate or sufficient food supply, no clean water, no proper medical treatment and no...

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