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Myanmar protester dies after torture during interrogation: AAPP

[JURIST] Myanmar opposition protester Win Shwe died while being interrogated by junta authorities, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) [advocacy website] said Wednesday. The Thailand-based group said that Win Shwe died while being tortured [press release] and that his body was cremated at the detention facility. AAPP also said that the leader of the opposition 88 Generation Students [Asia Times backgrounder] Hla Myo Naung was arrested for his involvement in the recent mass protests. White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe [official profile] criticized Myanmar for the death and said that the US may impose new sanctions if the human rights situation in Myanmar does not improve.

Opposition leaders Tuesday renewed calls for unconditional talks [JURIST report] between democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile] and the ruling military junta, urging the government to drop its condition that Suu Kyi abandon support for international sanctions [JURIST report] against the regime. AP has more.

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