As Burma transitions from dictatorship to democracy, hundreds of political prisoners have been freed after decades behind bars. On this edition, we hear from some of these freed political prisoners as they struggle to rebuild their lives, and test the emerging democracy. They suffer from severe PTSD, their friends and family are scared to speak with them, fearing they too will be arrested, and many are shunned by a public that still lives in fear the long arm of the military dictatorship. Some freed political prisoners are denied access to university, denied passports and denied professional licenses. Still, many of the freed political prisoners continue to test the limits of the emerging democracy, and face profound consequences.

T. Kumar, Amnesty International USA International Advocacy director; Kyaw Kyaw Soe (AKA Talky), Ko Bo Kyi, Saw Htet Oo, Ma Hta Hta Thet and Ko Win Maw former political prisoners; Pui Pui and Bo Bo, political activists

Host: George Lavender, Anna Sussman
Producers: Jen Chien, Andrew Stelzer
Contributing producer: Anna Sussman, Pat Mesiti Miller
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Production Interns: Salima Hamirani, Lisa Bartfai
Web Editor: Irene Florez
Development Manager: Juanita Carroll Young
Organizational Volunteers: Dorian Roberts, Dan Turner, Larry Piltz and Barbara Barne

ON Making Contact | May 9, 2013 | 12:30 pm

Permission to Speak: Ex-Political Prisoners in Burma

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As Burma transitions from dictatorship to democracy, hundreds of political prisoners have been freed after decades behind bars. On this edition, we hear from some of these freed political prisoners as they struggle to rebuild their lives, and test the emerging democracy. They suffer from severe PTSD, their friends and family are scared to speak with them, fearing they too will be arrested, and many are shunned by a public that still lives in fear the long arm of the military dictatorship. Some freed political prisoners are denied access to university, denied passports and denied professional licenses. Still, many of the freed political prisoners continue to test the limits of the emerging democracy, and face profound consequences.

T. Kumar, Amnesty International USA International Advocacy director; Kyaw Kyaw Soe (AKA Talky), Ko Bo Kyi, Saw Htet Oo, Ma Hta Hta Thet and Ko Win Maw former political prisoners; Pui Pui and Bo Bo, political activists

Host: George Lavender, Anna Sussman
Producers: Jen Chien, Andrew Stelzer
Contributing producer: Anna Sussman, Pat Mesiti Miller
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Production Interns: Salima Hamirani, Lisa Bartfai
Web Editor: Irene Florez
Development Manager: Juanita Carroll Young
Organizational Volunteers: Dorian Roberts, Dan Turner, Larry Piltz and Barbara Barne

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