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“Prison Conditions in Burma and The Potential for Prison Reform” Report

September 26th, 2016  •  Author:   Assistance Association for Political Prisoners  •  2 minute read
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As Burma emerges from decades of authoritarian rule and international isolation, the issue of human rights and human rights abuses has been of large concern to many actors involved. Holding those accountable for crimes committed in the past has been at the forefront for many observers. However, Burma must also take steps toward ensuring that the opportunity for such abuse is removed and cannot be repeated in the future.

Prisons are one such place where abuses are particularly likely to occur. They are hidden from the public eye, and prisoners are shown little sympathy by the general public. This creates an environment of increased impunity, which in turn leads to the violation of basic human rights for many individuals. This is true for both political prisoners and criminal prisoners alike. Reforming the prison system, although perhaps not politically expedient, is therefore crucial to eliminating human rights violations.

This paper, therefore, is a preliminary assessment of the potential for such a reform in Burma. The research is ongoing and will hopefully provide a valuable resource for other individuals and organizations interested in the penal system in Burma and its reform. It is meant as a foundation from which to work from and build upon.

Section 1: provides a summary of the paper. It first delineates the reasons for undertaking such a project. A brief overview of the international soft and hard law related to prisons, the domestic legislation pertaining to the same topic, and the current prison conditions in Burma are then provided. The sections that follow this expand upon these topics, providing greater detail and analysis of these broad findings.

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အစီရင္ခံစာ အျပည့္အစုံ ျမန္မာဘာသာကုိ ဤေနရာတြင္ ရယူႏုိင္သည္။

အစီရင္ခံစာ အႏွစ္ခ်ဳပ္ ျမန္မာဘာသာကုိ ဤေနရာတြင္ ရယူႏုိင္သည္။