“We were all Slaves”

3 prisoners carry heavy sacks down a dirt road

Myanmar officials react to investigative reporting on prison labor camps; human rights activists call for reforms

An investigative report by Burmese journalist Swe Win has revealed that abuses and exploitation are rife in Myanmar’s prison labor camps. Interviews with ex-prisoners and former prison officials document that convicts are forced to pay bribes or perform backbreaking manual labor, sometimes resulting in death. 

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