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UN experts call for retrial of Myanmar activists

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

UN experts call for retrial of Myanmar activists
Andrew Morgan at 5:18 PM ET

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[JURIST] A panel of UN experts on Wednesday urged [press release] authorities in Myanmar [JURIST archive; BBC backgrounder] to retry political and religious prisoners. The group, including Special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana [official website], called for fair and open trials [Reuters report] for dozens of activists convicted [JURIST report] in judicial proceedings inside Yangyon’s Insein Prison [BBC backgrounder]. The panel considered such a process to be part of general reforms necessary for moving toward multi-party democratic government, including:

a comprehensive review of national legislation to ensure its compliance with international human rights standards, the release of political prisoners of conscience, and reform of the armed forces and the judicial system.

They also urged Myanmar to release lawyers who were jailed for contempt of court after making public their clients’ complaints about the proceedings.

Last week, dozens of activists from 88 Generation Students [BBC backgrounder], including Min Ko Naing [advocacy website], Ko Ko Gyi, and Ktay Kywe, were sentenced to 65 years in prison for their participation in pro-democracy demonstrations last year. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] also voiced concern about the lengthy and severe prison terms, calling for the military junta to release [JURIST report] democracy activists and other political prisoners. Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9,000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2,100 Burmese remain imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs.

http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2008/11/un-experts-call-for-retrial-of-myanmar.php

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 20, 2008 at 3:23 pm

World focus on Burma (16 November 2008)

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Myanmar Activists Moved To Separate Prisons – Relatives
EasyBourse.com, France –
YANGON, Myanmar (AFP)–Myanmar authorities have split up pro-democracy activists who were given long jail terms this week and transferred them to different …

Asean must nudge 2 states on rights
Business Mirror, Philippines –
He said the human rights body has been accepted as essential by members Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei. …

Myanmar activists sentenced to long prison terms
International Herald Tribune, France –
… according to Aung Din, co-founder of the Washington-based US Campaign for Burma, which lobbies for political change in Myanmar, also called Burma. …

Child Warriors Around The World — Manipulation Without End
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, Czech Republic –
Following the latest wave of violence in Burma, Human Rights Watch published a report detailing how the military regime in this Asian country recruits …

Dissident Leaders Transferred to Remote Prisons
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Saturday night and early Sunday morning—with more prisoners expected to …

Foodie Freak: Considering genetically modified foods
Lake County News, CA –
Relief efforts to Burma/Myanmar after last year’s typhoon demonstrates this vividly: We had the food to give the starving people but their own government …

Burma Cracks Down on Media, Democracy Activists
About – News & Issues, NY –
Remember that devastating cyclone that hit Burma/Myanmar on May 2, and the ensuing misery because the junta refused to let international aid come into the …

SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Opposition to Mekong Dams Overflows at Meet
Inter Press Service, Italy –
For his part, Burmese environmental activist Sai Sai noted the big gap between the government, dam builders and local communities. …

Burma, Iraq, and the Need for an Effective UN
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
And neighbors China and India—motivated by selfish economic concerns—look the other way at the Burmese junta’s horrendous human rights abuses. …

Myanmar opposition leaders receive 65-year prison terms

JURIST –

Human rights groups have estimated that more than 2100 Burmese have been imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs despite the government’s …

Linking arms in fight against terrorism
Sunday Times.lk, Sri Lanka –

The two ASEAN members are Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) and they provide the link between the two Asian regions that Manmohan Singh mentioned. …

Partners in Oppression
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
In Burma, the initial government restrictions on the activities of foreign humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies in the wake of Cyclone …

Burma Jails Journalist for 2 Years for Covering Cyclone Victims
Voice of America –
Cyclone Nargis battered Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta in early May, leaving around 130000 people dead or missing. Media rights group Reporters Without Borders …

Burma: US Consumers Should Avoid Banned Gems
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
… of Burmese companies that are involved in the gem business, including the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Company (a military-owned conglomerate), …

Colors of freedom: Works of Burmese artist, a Fargo transplant, on …
Grand Forks Herald, ND –
Tun was born in Burma, also know as Myanmar, a country in Southeast Asia that the US CIA says “suffers from pervasive government controls, …

Myanmar sentences 9 more activists to prison
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced an additional nine pro-democracy activists to 65-year prison terms, relatives and …

Bush, Burma, & An Effective UN
OpEdNews, PA –
… discussing Burma and when a UN envoy said he planned to discuss the prospect of talks between the junta and opposition political leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Myanmar opposition leaders get long jail terms: relatives
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — One of Myanmar’s most prominent activists was sentenced to 65 years in jail along with two other pro-democracy leaders in connection with the …



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November 16, 2008 at 3:42 am

Min Ko Naing & ’88 generation students’ given 65 years

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Mizzima news by Phanida

Saturday, 15 November 2008 21:25

Chiang Mai – Prominent student leader Min Ko Naing and eight of his ’88 generation student’ colleagues have been sentenced to 65 years of imprisonment by a special court in Maupin prison in Burma’s Irrawaddy Division, friends and family members said.

The former student leaders – Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Hla Myo Naung, Htay Kywe, Mya Aye, Nyan Linn, Phyone Cho (a.k.a) Htay Win, Aung Thu and Aung Naing – were sentenced on November 11th during a closed door trial in the Maupin prison court, a relative of the students told Mizzima.

The court prohibited the defendants from having a defense counsel and sentenced them on charges of violating the Electronic Act and forming an illegal organization. The students will continue to face trial on other charges, some 20 in all, the relative said.

The student leaders, who were transferred to Maupin prison earlier this month after the Insein prison court sentenced them to six month prison terms on charges of contempt of court, were reportedly sent back to Insein prison after they were sentenced and arrived at Insein prison on Saturday morning.

“Family members went to Maupin prison as they said they would be allowed to meet with the prisoners, but on the way they met the vehicle carrying the students. It was escorted by two police vans. They saw the van but did not realize it was them. And when they learned that they had been transferred back to Insein, they went to Insein prison,” the relative said.

He added that family members were allowed to meet with the students for half an hour at Insein prison on Saturday.

The student leaders, widely known as the ’88 Generation students’, were arrested in August 2007, for peacefully marching the streets of Rangoon in protest against a sudden rise in fuel prices.

Following their arrests, the sporadic demonstrations they initiated evolved into the biggest anti-government demonstrations in nearly two decades, when Buddhist monks joined and led the masses. But the junta, which has a tradition of brutally crushing any anti-government movement, violently suppressed the protests, killing at least 30 people and arresting thousands.

Sources close to prison authorities said the student leaders, who had just arrived back at Insein prison, are likely to be transferred again to another prison in the near future.

While in Maupin prison, sources said the student leaders faced a daily closed door trial before they were finally handed their sentences.

The Insein prison court earlier this week sentenced fourteen ’88 generation students’ to similar long prison terms of up to 65 years. Additionally, several youth members of Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy – were also dealt lengthy prison terms.

Following the bloody crackdown of the 2007 protests, Burma’s military junta stepped up its suppression of activists, arresting hundreds. And since July, authorities have held trials for several of the detained activists.

Observers and critics said the trial and sentences of activists to long prison terms is a part of the junta’s plan to weaken opposition forces before its planned general election in 2010.

The junta announced that it will hold a general election in 2010, as part of its plan to democratize the country. The election is to be the fifth step of the junta’s roadmap to democracy. In a referendum in May a draft constitution was approved, but critics say the whole process is meant only to legalize the junta’s continued rule.

http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/1307-min-ko-naing-a-88-generation-students-given-65-years.html

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November 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm

World focus on Burma (15 November 2008)

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Min Ko Naing & ’88 generation students’ given 65 years
Mizzima.com, India –
Additionally, several youth members of Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy – were also dealt lengthy prison terms. …

Nine more Myanmar activists sentenced to 65 years in jail
Monsters and Critics.com –
Yangon- Prominent Myanmar dissident Min Ko Naing and eight other student activists have been sentenced to 65 years in prison in an ongoing judicial …

Woman reporter jailed for two years
Merinews, India –
A 24-year old woman reporter of a weekly journal in Myanmar was put away in prison for two years. Her crime? She was covering a gathering of refugees …

A Wanted Man in Burma
Dissident Voice, CA –
Read other articles by Jeremy. This article was posted on Saturday, November 15th, 2008 at 7:00am and is filed under Disinformation, Myanmar/Burma.

Tension between Myanmar-Bangladesh festers on border
Merinews, India –
Burma had earlier rejected Bangladesh’s claim and said the area where exploration was is in its territorial waters. The Bangladesh authorities in south of …

Myanmar Court Jails More Pro-Democracy Activists
Gant Daily, PA –
Yangon, Myanmar (AHN) – A special court in junta-ruled Myanmar sentenced Friday at least 15 members of the opposition party to a prison term of two to 16 …

Myanmar Opposition Leaders Get Long Jail Sentences – Relatives
EasyBourse.com, France –
YANGON, Myanmar (AFP)–One of Myanmar’s most prominent activists was sentenced to 65 years in jail along with two other pro-democracy leaders in connection …

Myanmar jails democracy activists
Reuters –
The nine include Min Ko Naing, leader of a 1988 pro-democracy uprising that was brutally suppressed and the former Burma’s highest profile dissident after …

Head held high Ashin Gambira will never bow to junta
Mizzima.com, India –
… the current crisis of Burma originated because of the junta’s one-sided bullying tactics and refusal to resolve the political crisis by political means. …

New approach in US Burma policy?
Mizzima.com, India –
by Dr. Sein Myint The nomination by outgoing US President George Bush of Michael Green as Special Envoy and Policy Chief for Burma will likely be swiftly …

Myanmar jails cyclone journalist
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

“We appeal to Burma’s military authorities to free Ein Khaing Oo, whose only crime was to cover the humanitarian disaster in the Irrawaddy delta. …

Myanmar sentences journalist to 2 years in prison
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced a journalist to two years in prison for her coverage of a protest over the lack of …

Myanmar jails more democracy activists: sources
Reuters –
Many of those jailed for up to 65 years were involved in last year’s mass protests against rising fuel and food prices in the former Burma, which has been …

Relentless punitive sentences for opposition members continue
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai – The spate of sentences of dissidents and activists by the Burmese military junta continues to be relentless, with 16 more, …

Myanmar: 14 in Opposition Sentenced
New York Times, United States –
By AP Courts in Myanmar sentenced 14 members of the opposition National League for Democracy party to lengthy prison terms on Friday, bringing to more than …

In London, Lord Levene Continues in Myanmar with Lloyds and Total …
Inner City Press, NY –

LONDON, November 13 — While at the UN in New York, UK Ambassador John Sawers thunders about human rights abuses in Myanmar, which he calls Burma, …

Myanmar activists losing powerful ally: LAURA BUSH
Northwest Asian Weekly, WA –
… which has large economic interests in Myanmar, “to do what other countries have done — to sanction, to put a financial squeeze on the Burmese generals. …

Pro-democracy activists jailed
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
COURTS in Burma sentenced 14 members of the National League for Democracy party to 65-year prison terms yesterday. More than 50 pro-democracy activists have …

Shock tactics in Burma
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
What started as an outcry against sudden, ill-thought-out fuel price increases by the Burmese junta in August last year, culminated in thousands of people …

Burmese Blogger Sentenced to 20 Years For Reporting on Protests
MediaShift, CA – by Lucie Morillon, November 14, 2008


In many countries, you have to commit a serious crime to be sentenced to 20 years in jail, but in Burma this can happen …

Burma: mapping the challenges and opportunities for dialogue and …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The Union of Myanmar (Burma) has suffered political and ethnic conflict for more than half a century, which continues to hamper the country’s social, …

Burma Jails More Dissidents
Voice of America – By VOA News
Courts in military-ruled Burma sentenced at least 14 members of the opposition party to prison terms Friday, bringing to more than 60 the number …




88 generation student leaders sentenced to six months imprisonment

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Myanmar court sentences 9 activists to prison
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
The nine activists were leaders of the 88 Generation Students group which helped organize last year’s pro-democracy demonstrations, …

88 generation student leaders sentenced to six months imprisonment Mizzima
Asian (con)Fusion: Tragedy and Farce in Burma Independent
Nine Myanmar activists get six months for contempt of court Earthtimes (press release)
Jailed activists sentenced for contempt of court First Post
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Myanmar court sentences 9 activists to prison

Associated Press
2008-10-30 03:23 PM

A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced nine activists to six months in prison for interrupting a judge during a closed trial held inside a prison, a lawyer said Thursday.The presiding judge at the trial in Yangon’s notorious Insein Prison ruled Wednesday that the activists had “interrupted a public servant at a judicial proceeding” by repeatedly asking for an open trial that relatives could attend, said attorney Aung Thein, one of three lawyers for the activists.

“The lawyers were asked to leave the courtroom and all nine of them were given six-month sentences,” Aung Thein said.

The nine activists were leaders of the 88 Generation Students group which helped organize last year’s pro-democracy demonstrations, the biggest anti-government movement in two decades.

Most of the nine were arrested Aug. 21, 2007, along with other activists for staging a street protest against a massive fuel-price hike. Those protests led to large street rallies led by Buddhist monks which were violently suppressed by the military in September 2007.

The nine activists given jail sentences were Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Mya Aye, Pyone Cho, Htay Kywe, Nyan Lin, Aung Thu, Hla Myo Naung and Yan Myo Naing.

They are among 35 well-known activists from the 88 Generation Students group on trial facing several charges, including violating a law that bans demonstrations, speeches or written statements that could undermine stability. It is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Separately, Nyi Nyi Htway, a lawyer who was serving as defense lawyer for 11 other activists who took part in the protests, was arrested Tuesday and charged with violating the same law, Aung Thein said.

Rights groups say that hundreds of people arrested during last year’s pro-democracy protests remain imprisoned.

Members of the 88 Generation Students were at the forefront of a 1988 pro-democracy uprising and were subjected to lengthy prison terms and torture after the rebellion was brutally suppressed by the military.

http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=776500

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October 30, 2008 at 4:22 pm

World focus on Burma (30 October 2008)

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‘Burma Day’ not encouraging for BCUK
Mizzima.com, India –
European Union Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner explained in a statement, “Burma/ Myanmar should remain in the centre of our attention as a country that is in …

Glenn Cohen: Louise Arbour got the cold shoulder she deserved
National Post, Canada –
We can only hope, therefore, that she undertook many quiet approaches to the likes of Iran, Burma and the many other international human rights abusers. …

Burmese regime plans major offensive against KNU
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Htay Aung said a new offensive could lead to human rights abuses and an increased number of displaced people. “If heavy fighting breaks out, the people will …

NLD members praise Win Tin’s negotiation efforts
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 30, 2008 (DVB)–Meikhtila National League for Democracy has praised the efforts of senior NLD member Win Tin to reconcile youth members with the NLD …

Bomb Blasts in Northeast India Kill at Least 56
FOXNews –
Dozens of militant separatist groups are active in India’s northeast, an isolated region wedged between Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar with only a …

Multiple bomb blasts rock India’s Assam state
Times Online, UK –
Ringed by China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan, with only a thin corridor of land connecting it to the rest of India, India’s northeast is home to more …

Jailed activists sentenced for contempt of court
First Post, UK –
All nine have been confined in Rangoon’s Insein Prison for more than a year after they were arrested at the start of the uprising that swept Burma last …

Refugees Are ‘Valued People’ After Resettling Here
Georgia Bulletin, Georgia –
Today, Nicholas and four others who are from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, live together in a modest gated apartment complex in metro Atlanta and are …

Than Shwe’s Daughter Goes Shopping for Gold
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN A BBC radio report that a daughter of Burmese junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe went shopping for gold worth more than US $80000 is a hot topic of …

Aid Group Helps to Reunite Children with their Families
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Half a year after Cyclone Nargis hit the country’s Irrawaddy delta on May 2-3, the charity is still bringing families separated by the storm back together. …

Asian (con)Fusion: Tragedy and Farce in Burma
Independent, UK –
They take their name from Burma’s failed democracy uprising in 1988, an uprising that was brutally put down by the regime with the loss of up to 6000 lives. …

Activists Get Six Months for Contempt
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Nine Burmese activists who have been detained for more than a year received six-month prison sentences yesterday after they were found guilty of …

Burma Day Criticized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… invited NGOs, advocacy groups, international organizations and think tanks from Burma and Europe to the conference, titled “Burma/Myanmar- Prospects for …

Myanmar jails activists for “court interruption”
Reuters UK, UK –
The nine, who include Min Ko Naing, the former Burma’s most high-profile political prisoner after Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, had argued that …

Thailand court ignores facts of killings
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Some of the evidence it heard but omitted from its verdict included the testimony of a national human rights commissioner. She told the judges that her …

Myanmar court sentences 9 activists to prison
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
AP A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced nine activists to six months in prison for interrupting a judge during a closed trial held inside a prison, …

Burma: Junta Continues To Hold NLD Activists
UNPO, Netherlands –
All nine detainees are former student leaders who have already served lengthy prison sentences over earlier protests against Myanmar’s regime. …

Influx of refugees strains providers of health care in Rochester
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
One of the health center’s interpreters, herself a refugee from Karen state in Myanmar — formerly known as Burma — said refugees need much help adjusting to …

Nine Myanmar activists get six months for contempt of court
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… terms for contempt of court after complaining of the lack of a free judiciary in military-run Myanmar, a non-governmental organization said Thursday. …

Burma jails pro-democracy activists
The Australian, Australia –
All nine detainees are former student leaders who have already served lengthy prison sentences over earlier protests against Myanmar’s regime. …

Gem traders to fight Burma ban
Radio Australia, Australia –
Previously the law banned gems bought directly from Burma but not those traded via other countries. Dave Mathieson from Human Rights Watch told Radio …

Ghosts of Muldoon and Reagan over Trade
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Free trade had not improved democratic rights in Burma or in China. It had merely improved cash flow for multinational corporations. …

Malaysia’s Authoritarian Resurgence
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
She blends a knack for pop polemics with a commitment to serious human rights causes. In addition to her responsibilities to her constituency, …

Greens: Human Rights Left Out Of Nat’s Foreign Policy
Voxy, New Zealand –
… nations like Burma or Fiji. “National’s motto seems to be: ‘Who cares about human rights, as long as we can get a trade agreement,” Mr Locke says. …

Prowling and Skulking
Ethiopian Review, DC –
Mynamar (Burma): In 1988, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Gandhian, founded the National League for Democracy in Mynamar and was placed under …

US Group Says Burma Detained Opposition Activists’ Lawyer
Voice of America –
… 2007 – the birthday of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The US Campaign for Burma says the activists were not given a fair trial. …

Amazon Defense Coalition: Chevron Whitewashes Its Website of Burma
MarketWatch –
… Human Rights Abuse in Military-Ruled Burma (Myanmar)”: “Chevron and its consortium partners continue to rely on the Burmese army for pipeline security, …

Meeting on Post-Nargis Recovery
E-Pao.net, India –
Bangkok, October 29 2008: Six months after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, key partners in the country’s recovery process gathered in Bangkok to assess how …

Don’t Forget The Lesson
Times of India, India –
… opened up to the extent that it hosted this month an Asia-Europe conference that focused in several of its sessions on democratisation and human rights. …

Thailand needs to show leadership quality
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
During his visit to Beijing and the Asia-Europe Meeting, he did make comments on the situation in Burma – calling for assistance to help Burma with economic …

Underdevelopment and Aid: Search for a Right Balance – Part II
YaleGlobal Online, CT –
Authoritarian China’s new superpower clout, which disregarded human rights abuses, had reached Africa, and was largely welcomed, especially by authoritarian …

Human Rights First Joins With Internet Companies in Adopting …
Human Rights First, NY –
… rallying support for human rights using the Internet, whether on online newspapers, blogs, email or websites. Just this week, the government in Burma is …

Caught in the clutches: the fight to save child soldier
Mizzima.com, India –
“Though we cannot confirm it, I think the use of child soldiers by the Burmese junta has remained more or less the same,” said Mathieson, adding that the …

Saffron Revolution monks to speak today
The Jersey Journal – NJ.com, NJ –

The monks will answer questions from the audience during the free public forum, which is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. …



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October 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Burma: 2092 Political Prisioners In Prison

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Burma: 2092 Political Prisioners In Prison

August 25, 2008

On the late night and early morning of 21st-22nd August 2007, one year ago, after leading peaceful protests against the sudden hike in fuel and commodity prices, 13 leading members of the 88 Generation Student’s Group were arrested by the Burmese authorities. They are:

  • Min Ko Naing (Paw Oo Tun): now more than 17 years total detention,
  • Jimmy (Kyaw Min Yu): total detention more than 15 years,
  • Mya Aye: a total of more than 8 years in detention,
  • Ko Ko Gyi: a total time in detention of 14 years and 8 months,
  • Kyaw Kyaw Htwe (Marky): nearly 13 years in detention,
  • Arnt Bwe Kyaw: over 9 years in detention,
  • Pyone Cho: total of over 16 years in detention,
  • Min Zeya: total of 7 years and 5 months detention,
  • Nyan Lin: a total of 7 years detention,
  • Ko Zeya: over 13 years and 7 months in detention,
  • Panneik Tun: a total of 8 years detention,
  • Zaw Zaw Min: a total of 1 year and 1 month detention,
  • Thet Zaw: already served a total of 10 years and 4 months.

These arbitrary arrests are part of an ongoing systematic persecution of activists, both social and political, by the Burmese Junta. In the last year there have been around 900 arrests of activists, some for things like helping the relief operation following Cyclone Nargis. Currently there are at least 2092 Political Prisoners being held in detention across Burma.

Political Prisoners in detention suffer massive hardships, inflicted on them systematically by the authorities, including severe physical and psychological torture, many interrogations, starvation, malnutrition and many different and serious health problems due to the conditions they have been held under. They also suffer prolonged and unlawful detention, no access to proper legal counsel, no free or fair trials and a methodical intrusion into their lives by the Burmese authorities, and those of their families and associates, both during their detention and throughout the times that they have been released. Due to this treatment throughout their years in detention, all Political Prisoners develop weak health, and are susceptible to illness. For example: Hla Myo Naung (member of 88 Generation Students Group, held in Insein prison, arrested at eye clinic, now awaiting sentence) has already lost the sight in one of his eyes and his other eye will also soon be blind, due to the neglect of the authorities in not providing proper medical treatment.

The current situation of the above 13 student leaders, arrested this time last year is that they have not seen a lawyer since their detention, and some of the charges under which they were first arrested have been changed. Some of them and their family members are not sure under which charges they are being held. None of them have been brought before a court of any kind, or been subject to a trial. None of them have been sentenced. Some are suffering from severe health problems and have not yet received proper medical treatment. Among the most urgent cases are Ko Min Ko Naing, whose eyesight is failing, has some serious health complications with his heart and has pain walking due to a problem with his foot and Ko Mya Aye is suffering from heart disease.

Including the last year, the 13 student leaders listed above, have served a total time in detention of 140 years and 1 month so far. That is enough. AAPP pays tribute to these Activists for their service to their country, their total commitment, creativity and strength in the face of a brutal military regime. AAPP strongly condemns the Burmese regime, who acts with impunity, for their systematic persecution of these activists. They have suffered these abuses because of their outspoken belief in human rights, their love for their country and their determination to replace military dictatorship with democracy in Burma.

ENDS

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00299.htm

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 25, 2008 at 8:51 am