May 2010 AAPP Monthly Chronology
Summary of current situation
There are a total of 2,157 political prisoners in Burma. This is an overall decrease of 42 in comparison to last month’s figure of 2,1991. In May 3 activists were arrested, 2 sentenced and 1 political prisoners was released.
Since the protests in August 2007 leading to September’s Saffron Revolution, a total of 1,159 activists have been arrested and are still in detention.
Monthly Trend Analysis
During the month of May 2010, at least 3 activists were arrested, 2 were sentenced and 1 was released. At least 137 political prisoners are in poor health due to the harsh prison conditions, transfers to remote prisons where there are no doctors, and the denial of proper medical care. There was 1 death this month, bringing the recorded number of political prisoner deaths to 144, since 1988.
This month saw the legal dissolution of the National League for Democracy (NLD). The disbandment of the NLD followed a high court rejection of the lawsuit appeal against the controversial election laws that exclude Daw Aung Suu Kyi from participating in the coming national elections. After 20 years as the leading opposition party, the doors of the NLD office officially closed on the 6th of May; however, some brave members turned up to work the following day. The dissolution led former members to register another party in the hope that this provides them with an option to run in the coming elections.
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