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In addition to threats, HRW warned of imprisonment, oppressing the lawyers of political prisoners.

In addition to threats, HRW warned of imprisonment, oppressing the lawyers of political prisoners.


Burmese lawyers who provide legal services for political prisoners are oppressed by the military army. International Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that they are being subjected to arbitrary arrests.



According to HRW, many lawyers are no longer able to handle such politically related cases due to the unethical pressure and torture of the military regime.


Since the military overthrew the democratic government led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at gunpoint more than two years ago, a bloody crackdown has been carried out on opposition forces and thousands of political prisoners have been arrested.


According to the records of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), in more than two years, the military council arrested more than 23,000 people and only released more than 4,300 people. About 19,000 of those arrested after the coup are still in prison.


At the same time, the lawyers who defended the political prisoners in the special tribunals set up to try them were oppressed. HRW also reported after meeting with 19 lawyers that they are being threatened.


HRW reports that a Yangon-based lawyer said he was stressed at the trial because he was worried that he would end up in prison if he had to advocate for the truth.


HRW has also pointed out the incident where Daw Yaung Nu Aung, who provided legal representation for members of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's party, was unjustly arrested in a courtroom and imprisoned by the military council.


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