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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Disabled Myanmar Student Activist Jailed, Denied Medical Treatment

The Myanmar junta has imprisoned and denied medical treatment to a student activist who became disabled after being seriously injured in an anti-coup protest, local media reported. 

The 22-year-old engineering student Ko Liang Phyo Aung is at risk of being blind in one eye after he was severely injured in the junta’s violent crackdown against an anti-coup protest in Magwe town on March 27, The Irrawaddy reported. 

His lost his right hand while suffering severe injuries in his legs after being hit by rubber bullets.

The military hospital said he was now recovering after treatment except for his injured eye, which is in urgent need of surgery but there was no eye specialist at the military hospital, Ko Liang Phyo Aung’s brother told The Irrawaddy. 

“The medical report by the military hospital said his eye needs to be treated at Yangon Eye Hospital. But they sent him to prison right after the medical report was released,” his brother said.

“He is a disabled person now and was made disabled by their torture. It is too inhuman to prosecute him after making him disabled,” his brother added. 

The junta has charged Ko Liang Phyo Aung for incitement punishable for up to three years.

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