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Pro-democracy activist released in Myanmar

Labour activist Su Su Nway (33), a member of Suu Kyi's party, was serving an 18-month prison sentence for defaming state officials.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 16:39 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

A young labour activist, who had been serving an 18-month prison sentence for defaming state officials, said on Tuesday that Myanmar's military government had released her.

Su Su Nway, 33, a member of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party, had successfully won a conviction against four local authorities for using forced labour, but was counter-sued and given the prison sentence in October last year for allegedly swearing at and threatening officials.

The London-based human rights group Amnesty International had listed Su Su Nway as a political prisoner who had been detained in Yangon's notorious Insein Prison for her labor rights activities.

In February the US State Department strongly condemned her detention and said it was concerned about reports that her health was failing.

Amnesty International reported in December that she reportedly has heart disease and was being denied necessary medication.

First Published: Jun 06, 2006 16:39 IST