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Family members denied visits to Insein prison

Jan 22, 2008 (DVB), Relatives of activists detained in Insein prison were turned away yesterday due to stricter regulations on family visits requiring them to bring original copies of their household lists.

Daw Tin Tin Win, the 70-year-old mother of 88 generation student leader Ant Bwe Kyaw, was denied a visit because she only had a copy of the document.

"It was very disappointing. They said I would not be allowed to see my son unless I brought the original copy of our household list," she said.

"They told me to just leave the items I’d brought for my son and go if I didn’t have it."

Relatives of All-Burmese Monk Alliance leader U Gambira, who travelled from Mandalay to see him, were told the same thing by the prison officials.

88 generation student leader Ko Mya Aye and Ma Lay Lay Mon’s families from Rangoon were also turned away, and had to go back home to pick up the original copies of their household lists.

Reporting by Yee May Aung

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