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Press Statement
Tom Casey, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 18, 2006


Burma Death in Custody of Pro-Democracy Activist Thet Win Aung

The United States is deeply troubled by the death in custody of Thet Win Aung, a pro-democracy activist and political prisoner in Burma. The Burmese junta arrested Thet Win Aung in 1998 for organizing peaceful student demonstrations and sentenced him to 59 years in prison. This death demonstrates the tragic price the people of Burma are forced to pay for opposing the repressive policies of the regime and standing up for their human and democratic rights.

The United States condemns the continued detention of the six pro-democracy activists arrested in September: Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Htay Kywe, Min Zeya, Pyone Cho, and Myint Aye. We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi, these six activists, and all other political prisoners; and for the initiation of a genuine process of national reconciliation.

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