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UNESCO appeals for release of "political prisoners" in Laos, Myanmar

The United Nations cultural organisation appealed for the release of two “political prisoners”, one a former Laotian government minister, Latsami Khamphoui, and the other a researcher in Myanmar, Khin Zaw Win. Latsami Khamphoui, 63, a former deputy economy minister, has been imprisoned in Laos since 1990 and “is in poor health and the conditions of his detention are said to be very harsh,” the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation said in a statement. In 1992, he was tried and given a 14-year sentence for “preparing a rebellion, propaganda against the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, it said. He has served more than 13 years of his sentence and UNESCO’s Committee on Conventions and Recommendations expressed concern over the Lao governments indication that Khamphoui “might not be released at the end of his sentence unless he appeal for clemency.”, the statement said. UNESCO issued “a humanitarian appeal for clemency” to the Lao government. Full Story

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