AAPP (2000) Can The Outside World See the Darkness We See?

As Burma is a member of the United Nations, the military junta, who call themselves the Government, must respect the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Moreover, they must follow the convention against torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishments adopted by the General Assembly on 10 December 1984. The state parties to this convention have agreed – in regards to article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights – that no one shall be subjected to torture, to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishments.

There is no country in the world that does not have a prison. The prison system of a country reflects to a certain extent the type of government ruling that country. Justice, fairness, sympathy and regard for human rights are always maintained in the prisons of a ruling government which respects human dignity.

When a nation is under the rule of a government which does not respect human dignity, the prison is a place dominated by violations of this dignity, brutal harassment and any kind of abuse that the authorities choose.

Although the junta declared that they are still adhering to the rules set down in the ‘Jail manual’, drawn up by the British Government in 1891, all political prisoners have been denied the rights of prisoners which appear in that manual. The political prisoners are often subjected to prohibit one and severe punishments in repressive degrees that are not mentioned in the jail manual.

This is a report on the conditions of political prisoners from May 1, 2000.

Full paper here: Can The Outside World See the Darkness We See (May 2000)