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With more than 10,000 people having been detained or jailed for their political beliefs the issue of political prisoners is one that the international community stands steadfastly behind before acceding that Burma has truly changed. Kyi Than, a former political prisoner, spent more than 10 years in jail due to his political activities. He was released in January 2012 under a presidential amnesty, however he is suffering from cancer and is severely ill. After his release from prison the authorities provided no healthcare or assisatnce at all. Healthcare in Burma's notorious prisons is virtually non-existant and most political prisoners have to rely on family and friends for medicines. The International Committee for the Red Cross have been banned from visiting prisons since 2005
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BURMA'S SHIFTING SANDS: WHAT LIES BENEATH
With more than 10,000 people having been detained or jailed for their political beliefs the issue of political prisoners is one that the international community stands steadfastly behind before acceding that Burma has truly changed. Kyi Than, a former political prisoner, spent more than 10 years in jail due to his political activities. He was released in January 2012 under a presidential amnesty, however he is suffering from cancer and is severely ill. After his release from prison the authorities provided no healthcare or assisatnce at all. Healthcare in Burma's notorious prisons is virtually non-existant and most political prisoners have to rely on family and friends for medicines. The International Committee for the Red Cross have been banned from visiting prisons since 2005