A monastery in Yangon that took care of AIDS patients has been ordered to close. The Buddhist monastery had a hospice for the patients. The regime in Myanmar demanded the religious building to be closed last week.
This news comes from the according to the top U.S. diplomat in the country.
No one knows the reason for the closure.
Three military trucks came to the Maggin Monastery and told everyone to leave. The patients were moved to an unknown location.
In September the monastery was raided during the junta’s crackdown on pro-democracy activists. There were thoughts that the building had involvement with the monk led protests.
“Arrests are continuing. We are getting reports on a daily basis of people being picked up,” Villarosa said. “It raises questions about the sincerity of the military in pursuing what we will consider to be a genuine dialogue leading to national reconciliation.”
According to Amnesty International there have been at least a dozen more arrests of activists and Buddhist monks within the country. During the crackdown in September at least 15 people lost their lives. Almost 3,000 were arrested and detained by the government. The regime says they have released all but 90 of the protesters. Amnesty though says 700 are still being held in custody.
Maggin’s abbot U Indaka is one of those who remains in detention.
The Buddhist monasteries in Yangon are deserted with many of the monks being held by the government. The UN is demanding that Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader be released from house arrest if the country is serious about reforms.
“Now we are saying very clearly that if Aung San Suu Kyi is to become part of the solution and a partner in dialogue, then it is very essential that she should be released from detention,” Ibrahim Gambari told reporters in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh at the end of a two-day visit.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been held for 12 of the past 18 years. He is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.