The Americans locked up in Myanmar's notorious Insein prison
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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YANGON, YANGON REGION, MYANMAR - 2017/02/21: The Insein jail in Yangon with about 10,000 detainees, is Myanmar's largest jail. (Photo by Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Since the military seized power on February 1, more than 5,900 people have been detained by the junta's security forces, and a majority remain in detention, according to advocacy group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). Of those, at least 87 are journalists, with 51 still in detention, Reporting ASEAN documented.
Frontier Myanmar said they understand he is being held in Insein Prison, Myanmar's infamous clock-shaped penitentiary north of Yangon known for holding political prisoners and having a decades-old reputation for mistreatment and brutal conditions.
"All the reporters, all the journalists are leaving this country," Buddy Fenster said his son told him.
Two sources close to the pair and familiar with their treatment said Nathan Maung and Hanthar Nyein were subjected to torture during a two-week stint in an interrogation center before they were transferred to prison.
The US State Department said in a statement it was "deeply concerned over the detentions of US citizens Daniel Fenster and Nathan Maung. "
Conditions at Insein improved under Suu Kyi's government, he said, with inmates able to access to reading materials and education, and the building of a new family visitor center.
With the military back in charge, conditions for inmates have worsened, Bo Kyi said.
Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi, who was detained in Insein in April, told CNN the political prisoners are kept separate from other inmates.
It was a feeling shared by Nathan Maung, he said.
He is worried about Hanthar and the other political prisoners," he said.
A family member told CNN Business they are concerned about her well-being in prison and said they have not been able to meet nor speak with her since her detention more than three months ago.
The family member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to safety concerns, is increasingly concerned that Kay Zon Nway's mental health is deteriorating due to the harsh conditions inside the prison.
Kay Zon Nway, who is Muslim, was put in isolation when she started fasting for Ramadan — the guards believed she was on a hunger strike, the family member said.
Myanmar Now reported that her lawyer told her family that prison officials later said she had been isolated in error, saying they had mistaken her for someone else.
They pressured her a lot inside the prison, they were telling her that people on hunger strike will only be released when they die," the family member said.
It has become increasingly difficult to send supplies to the prison, the family member said.
Prisoners given a meal a day, they said, but even with the food her family sends, it's not enough.
She said she has difficulty eating the prison food and asks her relatives for fresh fruit and home cooked meals.
"I only want her to come back alive," the family member said.