A woman detained by Myanmar’s military regime has been hospitalized in Dawei after she was beaten during her interrogation, according to sources close to her.
Ma Soe Mie Mie Kyaw, a former English student at Dawei University, was detained on Monday night, along with three other people including a 13-year-old girl, in Dawei, the capital of Tanintharyi Region in southern Myanmar.
“Ma Soe Mie Mie Kyaw has the records of donations made to People’s Defense Forces. She was beaten during her interrogation when she was asked about it. We are sure she is now in hospital,” said a member of the Dawei University Students Union who wished to remain anonymous.
Initially, Dawei University Students Union said that Ma Soe Mie Mie Kyaw had attempted to commit suicide by drinking methylated spirts after being tortured, and was then taken to hospital. But the secretary of the Dawei University Students Union said he could not confirm those reports.
“I am sure she is in the hospital. But I can’t confirm if she took methylated spirits,” said the secretary.
Ma Soe Mie Mie Kyaw is now at Dawei Military Hospital. The man and woman detained alongside her – Ko Soe Pyae Aung and Ma Shar Pyae Khin – are being held at Dawei’s main police station. The 13-year-old girl was released by the regime.
Last week, junta troops detained five people in Dawei, including three university students and a striking employee of the military-owned Myawaddy Bank and her husband.
At least 1,120 people have been killed by the military regime since the February 1 coup and a further 6,698 detained, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. Another 1,984 people are the subject of arrest warrants.
Original Post: The Irrawaddy