Myingyan Prison

Myingyan Prison

Myingyan Prison in Myingyan District was known as the most infamous detention center among Burma's political prisoners for its atrocities from early 1990s to October 1999 when the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was granted an access to the prison.[1] Before the ICRC visit, several political prisoners lost their lives due to starvation and torture.[2]

Currently, a number of political prisoners including the ex-military intelligence officials are still serving long prison sentences and only three political detainees from the prison were released on April 17, 2011 when the new government granted an amnesty reducing the prison sentences by one year.[3]

Most prominent political prisoners are KIA commando Zaw Saing, ex-Gen Khing Aung, ex-Gen Thein Swe and Myo Min Htike, a student activist serving a 53-year jail term since 1998.


  1. ^ Swe Win (22 May 2009). "Trial by fire inside Insein Prison". Asia Times Online. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
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