Myanmar National Human Rights Commission suggests to Loikaw prison

Wai Lin Aung

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) is conducting checks on Loikaw prison in Kayah State with special attention to human rights violation issues and issued a report on August 17.

MNHRC visited Loikaw prison in Kayah State on August 8th to 10th and sent reports to respective ministerial departments.

The report said that, 5 HIV patients prisoners were found in Loikaw prison urgently needed ART medicine to treat their condition, 3 inmates preparing to sit for the matriculation examination must be rapidly send to Mandalay central prison or the Prison must arrange for them to sit for the examination at Loikaw prison, 56 graduates or inmates whose education level is attending universities, should teach other illiterate inmates. The report also suggested that prison library should added in the collection of books that can change the minds of inmates such as books written by Chit Naing (Sait Panya), Le Twin Thar Saw Chit and Saya Pe Myit.

In addition, the prison must create a sports ground for prisoners for rest and recreation. Moreover, time allotted for inmates to do physical exercises must be longer than the present permitted time. Next, in the places where linoleum flooring is destroyed must be replaced with new ones. Then, entrance doors must be repaired, it suggested.

MNHRC furthermore suggested that those (inmates) answered for the questions raised by MNHRC shouldn’t be given harsh punishment or prison sentences as an act of revenge in accordance with Commission Act 38.

MNHRC was formed on 5 September 2011 under Notification No. 34/2011 by the then President Thein Sein with 15 commissioners. The commission was reformed on 24 September 2014 under Notification No. 23/2014 because of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Law with 11 commissioners. The 7-member body largely consists of civilians from academia (2 retired professors), foreign affairs (3 retired ambassadors), and civil servants.