Detained activist injures herself in prison

Jun 27, 2008 (DVB), Detained human rights activist Su Su Nway banged her head against the wall of her cell on Wednesday, slightly injuring herself, after an argument with prison officials, according to her lawyer.

Su Su Nway’s lawyer Daw Khin Htay Kywe said the detained activist was disappointed with the prison authorities after they decided to reduce her exercise time from the usual four hours down to two.

On 25 June, Su Su Nway asked prison officials to open her cell door as she was having trouble breathing due to her heart condition.

Daw Khin Htay Kywe said the prison officials agreed to her demand and opened the cell door but then did something that upset her and so she banged her head against the wall and collapsed.

Su Su Nway’s sister said the family was worried after they heard about the incident from a close friend.

"We heard she had an argument with prison officials and banged her head against her cell’s wall," she said.

"This is a very worrying situation , there is no proper medical treatment and she seems to be under great stress."

She said Su Su Nway was suffering from high blood pressure earlier this week but she was getting better when the family visited her on Tuesday.

Su Su Nway and her co-worker, activist Bo Bo Win Naing, were arrested by authorities in November last year while hanging anti-government posters in front of the Mya Yeik Nyo hotel in Bahan township.

She was charged with joining an assembly intended to cause public unrest under sections 143 and 147 of the penal code and on two other charges along with Bo Bo Win Hlaing under sections 142(a) and 505(b).

Su Su Nway and Bo Bo Win Maung appeared on Insein prison court on Wednesday but their court hearing was cancelled due to a change of judges on the case.

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet

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