Burma: Amnesty appalled as Junta re-arrest U Win Htein
Posted: 30 September 2008
Amnesty International today condemned the Burmese authorities decision to re-arrest U Win Htein just days after his release.
The 66-year-old is a senior assistant to Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the opposition National League of Democracy in Burma. He was released from Kathar prison a week ago.
On Friday he was picked up by police officers in a guest house in the town of Kathar where he was staying for the night before catching a boat to Mandalay the following morning to meet his wife. He is now back in Kathar prison. It is not known why he was re-arrested or how much longer he will remain imprisoned.
Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, said:
'There are nearly 2,100 political prisoners in Burma. Last week's release of U Win Htein and six other dissidents had raised hopes that perhaps a change was on the horizon.
'U Win Htein's re-arrest puts a firm end to that illusion and illustrates clearly that there is no policy change by the Burmese government over freeing political prisoners.'