Prisoners are working at Zinkyeit rock quarry run by the prison department in Paung Township in Mon State. (Photo: Swe Win / Myanmar Now)
Prisoners are working at Zinkyeit rock quarry run by the prison department in Paung Township in Mon State. (Photo: Swe Win / Myanmar Now)
Prisoners are working at Zinkyeit rock quarry run by the prison department in Paung Township in Mon State. (Photo: Swe Win / Myanmar Now)

Life with hard labour

Some 20,000 convicts toil in prison labour camps across the country, where they face abuse, exploitation and forced labour, a Myanmar Now investigation finds.

Monks and activists meet at Mahamuni Pagoda to release fish and birds (Photo: DVB)
Monks and activists meet at Mahamuni Pagoda to release fish and birds (Photo: DVB).
Monks and activists meet at Mahamuni Pagoda to release fish and birds (Photo: DVB).

Symbolic acts of release mark New Year

Activists staged the symbolic acts to draw attention to the continued detention of Burmese citizens.