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Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

New Myanmar museum a reminder that repression persists

Hundreds of political prisoners remain in jail, despite reforms

A photo of Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, forms the central image in a mural of hundreds current and former political prisoners. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

YANGON -- Crouching through the entrance into Yangon's new museum for political prisoners, a less-than nimble visitor might be forgiven for stepping face-first into the wall a meter inside the door.

Nobody has done that, apparently, in the weeks since the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) museum opened on March 18 -- probably because the wall is decorated with an arresting mural of 701 photos of current and former political prisoners in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

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