Myanmar military uses systematic torture across country

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Myanmar mass torture

This late 2000s photo provided by the Assistance Association of Political Prisons for Myanmar shows men in the courtyard of a prison in Thayat, Myanmar. The military has a long history of torture, particularly before the country began transitioning toward democracy in 2010. (AAPP via AP)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An investigation by The Associated Press has found that the Myanmar military has been torturing detainees across the country in a methodical and systemic way since its takeover of the government in February.

The AP investigation was based on interviews with 28 people imprisoned and released in recent months, photographic evidence, sketches and letters, and testimony from three recently defected military officials.

The AP’s investigation provides the most comprehensive look since the military takeover into a highly secretive detention system that has held more than 9,000 people.

The AP found that the military has also taken steps to hide evidence of its torture.

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