THE military government of Myanmar, formerly Burma, has created a "secret state of terror", according to a report released this week by the human rights organisation Amnesty International.
"People in Myanmar are living in a climate of fear. Simply knowing a government critic can put you at risk of being arrested and detained by the military," Amnesty claimed. And it pointed out that although elections last May demonstrated r or e opposition, power has remained in the hands of the army.
Hundreds of people had "simply vanished" into the prison system, whilst thousands of others had been shot dead by soldiers in their homes, on buses and in cafes in a dramatic escalation of human rights abuses which had taken place since March 1988, the organisation stressed.