Myanmar lawyers face harassment, intimidation in junta courts, says rights group

MYANMAR lawyers defending political detainees in junta-run courts are being harassed and even jailed by military authorities, Human Rights Watch said today, warning that intimidation was forcing many to stop taking cases.

Since it seized power more than two years ago and plunged the country into turmoil, the junta has arrested tens of thousands in a sweeping and bloody crackdown on dissent.