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Throughout Burma, a series of jails hold more than 2,000 political prisoners. Abuse and mistreatment are widespread and include torture and the withholding of medical treatment. This man knows first hand what it is like. Locked up for years because he spoke out about democracy, he now campaigns from Thailand for the release of other political prisoners back home.<br />
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There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand. They exist in appalling poverty. Most are employed in backbreaking manual labour, on dangerous construction sites and fisheries or in karaoke bars and brothels.  They face constant harassment - wage exploitation, physical abuse, rape and even murder are commonplace and routinely go unpunished. Few have access to decent healthcare, to education or to legal protection. For the Burmese in Thailand, human rights are little more than a dream. And yet they choose to stay. Why? Because as bad as things are in Thailand, on the other side of the border, they are even worse.

Throughout Burma, a series of jails hold more than 2,000 political prisoners. Abuse and mistreatment are widespread and include torture and the withholding of medical treatment. This man knows first hand what it is like. Locked up for years because he spoke out about democracy, he now campaigns from Thailand for the release of other political prisoners back home.

There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand. They exist in appalling poverty. Most are employed in...
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