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The junta has banned the delivery of parcels and other mail to detainees in its prisons nationwide after eight people were kill in explosions and a shooting at Yangon’s Insein prison on Wednesday.

Myanmar Now spoke to people whose friends or relatives are incarcerated in eight prisons in Ayeyarwady, Bago, Magway, Mandalay and Sagaing regions, as well as in Mon State, all of which have confirmed that from Wednesday evening, they were no longer authorized to send supplies inside the sites.

“[Prison personnel] said it had been suspended until further notice but they didn’t know the exact reason – they just said the manager told them to say so,” said a resident who visited Wednesday at Myingyan prison in Mandalay.

He regularly sent letters and care packages to two friends detained by the military on incitement charges.

A family member of a political prisoner accused of terrorism in Pathein, Ayeyarwady region, said junta troops in two military trucks arrived at the site on Wednesday and posted a notice announcing the visit of the prison and the delivery of mail and supplies to the institution. was arrested at 10 a.m.

He noted that he had previously been allowed to deliver packages to the individual on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“It is now a situation where prisoners cannot contact people outside even if they are oppressed inside, so we are afraid that something will happen to them without our knowledge,” said a woman whose one parent, a student union leader, remains imprisoned on five politically charged charges.

Family members noted that the lengthy security searches made it difficult to send packages – which usually contained food, due to the insufficient diet provided by the prison – even before Wednesday’s restrictions, which prohibit everything but cash.

Stores in prisons typically sell food and commodities to inmates at inflated prices.

“They will have no choice but to buy food from prison staff. However, the prices are still twice as high as the price outside the prison,” said a local resident who regularly sent parcels to Myingyan prison.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, in-person family visits with inmates across the country have been suspended. The ban is still in place at the time of writing, widely seen as a military-imposed measure to cut communications between Myanmar’s thousands of political prisoners and the outside world. Those detained for political reasons were only able to communicate with their relatives through the lawyers representing them.

Myanmar’s prisons are notorious sites where a range of human rights abuses are reported, including staff abuse, denial of health care, overcrowding, and insufficient and unsafe food and water supplies. .

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) requested permission to visit the prisons to observe the conditions, but the junta denied the request, according to a statement released by the organization in June.

Three prison staff and five civilians were killed in the attack on Insein prison on Wednesday morning, which began with the detonation of two parcel bombs near the entrance to the facility and was followed by members of the junta who opened fire on the area from a watchtower. At least 13 people were also injured.

Among the civilians killed or injured were relatives of political prisoners who were delivering parcels at the time of the attack.

Myanmar has more than 90 prisons and jails across the country and continues to detain a total of 12,700 people for political reasons, according to the Political Prisoners Assistance Association.

Prison staff and civilians are believed to be among those killed after shots were fired from a watchtower at Insein prison in Yangon following a parcel bomb attack