Investigation commission visits Maungtaw for the third time

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Rakhine State investigation commission members led by U Myint Swe, Vice President and Chairman of the Rakhine State investigation Commission, arrived in Sittwe, Rakhine State by air to make another inspection on the ground concerning the report of the United Nations Office of the high Commissioner for human Rights (OHCHR).

The commission members were welcomed at the airport in Sittwe by U nyi Pu, Chief Minister of Rakhine State, the Minister for Social affairs of the State and other officials.

The Vice President, accompanied by the Chief Minister and commission members, then traveled to kyiganpyin by helicopter and proceeded to Buthidaung Prison to ensure that treatment of prisoners was in accord with basic international principles.

During the inspection, U Chan Aye Kyaw, assistant Director of the Buthidaung Prison, clarified facts about the penitentiary. This was followed by explanations from the district officer on legal affairs and the township judge concerning the trials of prisoners in the courts.

The Vice President said prisoners should be allowed to meet with their families, should be given adequate and regular medical care and should have faster access to the court system for judging cases in accord with the law, in consultation with respective departments. The Vice President met with prisoners and enquired about their health care and living conditions in the prison.

Buthidaung Prison holds up to 1,388 prisoners, but currently houses only 1,294 prisoners. according to the findings of the investigation done by the Myanmar Human Rights Commission into Buthidaung Prison, it is learnt that there were no cases of torture, and that systematic preparation was done for feeding prisoners in accord with the designated limit. In addition, freedom of worship was allowed, according to the findings.

The Vice President and commission members then inspected construction sites of courts to be expanded for judging cases in accord with the law, as soon as possible.