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Philippine Diplomats Seek Repatriation of 14 Fishermen Detained in Burma


Philippine Diplomats Seek Repatriation of 14 Fishermen Detained in Burma

Philippine Diplomats Seek Repatriation of 14 Fishermen Detained in Burma

Philippine diplomats in Burma are seeking the release of 14 Philippine fishermen detained last week for alleged illegal fishing in Burmese waters.

Philippine diplomats in Burma are seeking the release of 14 Philippine fishermen detained last week for alleged illegal fishing in Burmese waters.

The Philippine Embassy in Rangoon said Thursday the diplomats have been able to visit the fishermen while they are making arrangements to send them back home.

Burmese military authorities arrested 128 fishermen, including the 14 Filipinos, in several Taiwanese fishing boats on November 18. News reports from the region say most of those arrested are Indonesians.

The reports quote one diplomat, who declined to be named, as saying the fishermen are held in the Insein prison outside Rangoon.

The military prison, where Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was recently jailed, is notorious for its harsh conditions.

China's official news agency, Xinhua, says Beijing has urged Burma to protect the safety and legal rights of the Chinese mainland and Taiwanese fishermen, who are also detained.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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