In order to hold fair elections in 2010, the military government of Burma has increased the number of its political prisoners to a little over 2,200. Apparently, it’s a crime to hold peaceful demonstrations or to assist anyone who has been afflicted by Cyclone Nargis.
According to Tom Malinowski, Washington advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, “Despite recent conciliatory visits by UN and foreign officials, the military government is actually increasing the number of critics it is throwing into its squalid prisons.”
The best way to prevent your opponents’ views from being represented and heard is to make their voices disappear. The Burmese military government is doing a terrific job of silencing any dissidence, but it has a long way to go if it wants to match the prison population of the United States.