Intro: Burma has many women activists who sacrificed their freedom for their political beliefs. These brave women often sacrifice so much more than their freedom, as prison conditions can have lasting impact on their health. Tin Tin Htwe a.k.a. Ma Pae was the most recent political prisoner to die in prison, when she died from a burst aneurysm on 23 December 2009. In addition Kay Thi Aung suffered a miscarriage late in her pregnancy during her incarceration.
According to AAPP records there are 177 women currently imprisoned across Burma. These women come from all sectors of civil society. There are healthcare workers, student activists, NLD members and nuns. The military regime has also targeted women, whose husbands and fathers are active pro-democracy leaders. Some women have spent over 10 years in deplorable conditions. There are at least 10 women who have had serious health concerns.
On International Women’s Day, AAPP wishes to highlight the following women, and calls for their immediate release.