The fiancee of an American rights activist imprisoned by Burma said she felt betrayed by the US government and urged a more robust response to the military regime.
n a piece to appear in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Wa Wa Kyaw said she and her fiancee Nyi Nyi Aung had been grateful to become US citizens as their adopted country “cherished democracy, freedom and human rights.”
“But over the past five months our government has betrayed us,” wrote Wa Wa Kyaw, a nurse in the eastern state of Maryland.
Supporters say Nyi Nyi Aung, a democracy campaigner who also goes by Kyaw Zaw Lwin, returned to Burma in September to visit his ailing mother, herself a jailed activist.
He was arrested and on February 10 handed a three-year sentence on fraud and forgery charges.
State Department spokesman Philip Crowley has urged the junta in Burma, earlier known as Burma, to release him, calling the conviction “unjustified” and “politically motivated.”
But Wa Wa Kyaw faulted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for not doing more on his case before the verdict. President Barack Obama’s administration has launched a dialogue with Burma aiming to end its isolation. Continue reading “Fiancee of Burma prisoner ‘betrayed’ by US”