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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar tortures political prisoners, freed Japanese journalist says

Yuki Kitazumi used feather and coffee to take notes while detained

Yuki Kitazumi shows the notes he took while in a Yangon prison during an online press conference on May 21. (Screenshot from FCCJ YouTube channel)

BANGKOK -- Myanmar's military horribly tortures political prisoners, journalist Yuki Kitazumi said after his return to Japan.

"I have heard from many inmates that they would be first blindfolded, have their hands handcuffed behind their back, and be forced to kneel on concrete floors," Yuki Kitazumi told reporters in an online news conference hosted by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on Friday. "If they would deny any of the accusations being made against them, they would be struck with a stick. The military continued this for two or three days straight."

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