Myanmar Reforms Leave Political Prisoners Behind

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- In a remote concrete prison a three-day bus ride from home, former student activist Aye Aung spends each day as he has for nearly 14 years -- a prisoner of conscience all but forgotten by the world.
The former student activist -- whose main offense was joining a pro-democracy protest and distributing pamphlets -- meditates for hours in his dark cell. He sleeps on a wooden plank. He has never seen a cell phone, never surfed the Internet.
Myanmar's military-backed government has released hundreds of well-known dissidents over the past year as part of a startling series of reforms that have earned it lavish praise and an easing of sanctions. But rights advocates say hundreds more like Aye Aung remain wrongfully locked away.

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