Burma: Political prisoner dies in jail due to inadequate medical care
September 19, 2011, 7:15 pm
A Buddhist monk and political prisoner sentenced to a 20-year term in 1999 died in prison on Wednesday with probable sepsis after jail officials failed to make available sufficient care for his mouth ulcers, according to laymen.
Ashin Naymeinda, aka Myo Min or Nay Win, 50, who became a Buddhist monk 30 years ago, was detained at Insein Prison in Rangoon and then Moulmein Prison in Mon State, for distributing leaflets urging a pro-democracy uprising on September 9, 1999 (9/9/99).
“He had ulcers in his mouth so he couldn’t eat or drink, but prison authorities failed to provide medical treatment for him. His family also had difficulties getting to the prison to see him,” a laymen told Mizzima.
He was charged under section 17/1 of the Unlawful Associations Act and 5(j) of the Emergency Provisions Act in late 1999. He was moved to Moulmein Prison in early 2000.
Poet Nyein Thit, detained with Ashin Naymeinda at Moulmein Prison for seven years, said while there the latter had led a protest against the loss of prisoners’ rights. He was cremated on Thursday.