Burma

Myanmar Writer and Family Detained by Junta

By The Irrawaddy 13 May 2021

Writer Hnin Pan Eain, her husband Ko Nay Oo – a former political prisoner – and their son were detained by the regime’s forces in South Dagon, Yangon, on Wednesday night.

According to a source close to the family, soldiers and police searched their house at midnight and detained the family. The reason for their arrest and their whereabouts are unknown.

Hnin Pan Eain formerly took part in the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP)’s mental health assistance program for former political prisoners and their relatives and to help COVID-19 patients last year.

The program was suspended after the coup and she is no longer connected with the association, U San Min of the AAPP said.

Due to its consistent documentation on the regime’s detentions and killings since the Feb. 1 coup, which are used as a reference domestically and internationally, the junta says it will take severe action against the group, accusing it of inflating the numbers killed.

It has labeled the AAPP an unlawful association. The military-run television and newspapers, citing the police, reported that only 258 people were killed between the coup and April 15, while the AAPP confirmed a death toll of at least 726 during the same period.

Ko Nay Oo was jailed from 1998 to 2005 under the former junta for his pro-democracy activities.

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