Reading letter sent to Than Shwe fetches prison term

Wednesday, 17 December 2008 22:07

New Delhi (Mizzima) – A person was sentenced to six months in prison for just reading a letter sent to the junta supremo to his younger brother who is being held in Insein prison for joining the saffron revolution during his prison interview and visit.

The letter requested Snr. Gen. Than Shwe for granting permission for medical treatment to the political prisoners.The letter was sent to ICRC, UNHCR and NLD including Snr. Gen. Than Shwe on January 14.

During a prison visit to his brother on January 22, Ko Thant Zin Oo read out this letter to his younger brother Hlaing Thar Yar Township NLD member Thant Zin Myo who was serving a 19 year sentence.continue

For Immediate Release December 16, 2008 Burma: Lawyer’s Testimony Highlights Distorted Justice

(New York, December 16, 2008) – Burma’s military government has used the country’s legal mechanisms to intimidate political prisoners and to deny them access to justice, Human Rights Watch said today, citing new testimony from a defense lawyer who has just fled the country. In a crackdown that started in October 2008, Burma’s courts have sentenced over 200 political and labor activists, internet bloggers, journalists, and Buddhist monks and nuns to lengthy jail terms.
With the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Charter having entered into force on December 15, Human Rights Watch urged ASEAN to dispatch an eminent independent legal team to monitor the trials and conditions of activists held in isolated prisons.

“The government locks up peaceful activists, sends them to remote prisons, and then intimidates or imprisons the lawyers who try to represent them,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “This abuse of the legal system shows the sorry state of the rule of law in Burma.”

Personal Statement from Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min !!!!

On 23 October 2008 I went to Hlaingtharya Township Court to defend 11 clients, including
Thant Zin Myo and Yan Naing Tun. Ko Nyi Nyi Hlaing, Ko Nyi Nyi Htwe and I were the
defence lawyers in the case. The court hearing started that day. Although defendant Yan
Naing Tun’s defence lawyer Ko Nyi Nyi Hlaing couldn’t come to court, the judge started to
hear the case anyway. The judge instructed defendant Yan Naing Tun to question the
prosecuting police officer himself. After Yan Naing Tun had asked three or four questions,
he said, “Although I respect the judge, I don’t trust this unfair trial process.” He turned his
back to the court because he wanted to boycott the court. Even though the judge forbid Yan
Naing Tun from turning his back to the court, defendants Aung Min Naing aka Mee Thwe
and Myo Kyaw Zin said the same as Yan Naing Tun, and also turned their backs to the court.
So the judge instructed me and the other defence lawyer Ko Nyi Nyi Htwe to forbid the
defendants from behaving like that in court. So we both said to the judge, “We don’t want to
forbid our clients from doing anything, because we are defence lawyers and we act according
to our clients’ instructions.” The judge stopped the proceedings and set another court hearing
date in November. continue read all is important

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Burma: Lawyer’s Testimony Highlights Distorted Justice

The state of human rights in Burma – 2008: A double disaster in the 2007 protests’ aftermath Asien Human Right Comission

Perhaps the two most significant features of the human rights landscape in Burma during 2008 were the morally bankrupt and blatantly repressive response of the country’s military regime to the Cyclone Nargis disaster in May, and the continued detaining, charging and sentencing of persons involved in last September’s nationwide protests far beyond the standards of not only international but also domestic law.


The world was stunned when in the weeks after Cyclone Nargis swept through lower Burma on 2 and 3 May 2008, bringing in its wake a tidal wave that submerged vast areas of the delta region and took with it what will ultimately be an untold number of lives, the country’s military regime responded in the only way that it knows fit, with further gross repression and violence. The effect of this response was to duplicate the massive tragedy: in the first instance came the natural disaster, which could have been mitigated had the people of Burma been better–informed and prepared; what followed was a manmade disaster, through the unconscionable denial of large–scale aid and persecution of local people who tried to help.

Not only did the generals deliberately avoid contact with world leaders and international organisations desperate to offer assistance to the millions left in dire need of water, basic food and health care, not to mention longer–term relief, but they also forged ahead with the charade of a referendum on a new constitution designed to extend their grip on power indefinitely. Government officials were instructed specifically to neglect the plight of the storm victims and continue their work to prepare for a constitutional referendum, which was merely postponed by two weeks in some townships. The situation even became so absurd that the Secretary General of the United Nations was making phone calls to head of state Senior General Than Shwe but he was refusing to receive them.

Realising that the government was not going to do anything to assist, local people, and then those from further away the worst affected areas, began organising themselves. In Rangoon residents and monks cleared roads and shared water and other essentials. In the delta, thousands of homeless people gathered assistance from monks, many of whom also took on impromptu relief coordinating roles. Convoys of vehicles crammed with items donated by local well–wishers soon began running the gauntlet of military and police checkpoints in order to make up for the shortfall of supplieshe absence of official aid. (…)

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Two Burmese soldiers desert to Thai–Burma border

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Glaring discrimination in the army has compelled two Burmese soldiers to desert and seek refuge in an ethnic rebel controlled area in eastern Burma last week.

The two Burmese soldiers, Win Htun and Win Moe belonging to the Light Infantry Battalion (531) stationed in Pharusoe town, Kayah (Kareni) state, fled and took refuge in the Kareni rebel controlled area on the Thailand-Burma border on December 11, 2008. continue

Grassroots Human Rights Education And Development (Khao Lak) 8th Anniversary 13.12.2008

Celebration of 8th Anniversary of Grassroots-HRE was held at 6 o’clock in the evening at Andaburi Hotel, Khao Lak,Phang Nga Province, Southern Thailand on 10 December, 2008, which was also the 60th Anniversary of International Human Rights Day.

Mr. Htoo Chit, Director of GHRE, spoke that “GHRE was established by 3 people on the 10th December 2000, 8 years ago. Now we have over 80 staff are running and operating 10 projects. We can work for Migrant workers who are living in Thailand. The organizational success is depending on all the staff. Each individual staff raises the capacity of GHRE and is very important for the organization’s progress and I want everyones participation and effort for our people’s development.” continue main

Journalists working in military-ruled Myanmar continue to face intimidation, torture and arrests in reporting on the country’s corrupt and brutal regime,

A Myanmar journalist, who asked not to be identified, told the conference that contrary to government claims, journalists in the country were treated as “dangerous enemies”. continue

NLD members call for offices to reopen

Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–National League for Democracy members at a monthly meeting in Yenangyaung township, Magwe division, revived their call for party offices across the country to be reopened after being sealed off for more than five years. continue

Youth meeting held at NLD headquarters

Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Around 300 young people from Rangoon, Mandalay, Magwe and Irrawaddy divisions attended a meeting at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Rangoon yesterday.

The meeting, entitled ‘Youth and the Future’, was led by NLD central executive committee member Win Tin and lasted two hours.

According to Rangoon division youth member Aye Naing, who attended the meeting, Win Tin mainly told the young people that they must play their part in the country’s future. continue

No Immediate Plans for Gambari to Visit Burma

NEW YORK — The United Nations said on Tuesday that there is no immediate plan for its special envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, to visit the country.

Gambari has a standing invitation from Burma’s ruling junta to visit the country, but he has shown reluctance to return in view of the regime’s recent crackdown on the pro-democracy leadership, ignoring appeals from the international community. continue
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