(၂၉-၄-၂၀၁၃) KO HAN WIN AUNG

လက္ပန္ေတာင္းေတာင္ စီမံကိန္းေဒသအတြင္းမွာ မတည္မျငိမ္ ျဖစ္ေအာင္ ဆူပူလႈံ႔ ေဆာ္ေနတယ္လို႔ စြပ္စြဲျပီး တက္ၾကြလွဳပ္ရွားသူ ၈ ဦးကုုိ စစ္ကုုိင္းတုုိင္းရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႔က ဧၿပီ ၂၈ ရက္ေန႔မွာ ဖမ္းဆီးမိန္႔ ထုုတ္ျပန္လုုိက္ပါတယ္။ ရန္ ကုုန္ျပည္ သူ႔အက်ိဳးေဆာင္ ကြန္ယက္အဖြဲ႔က ကုုိေအာင္စုုိးနဲ႔ ကုုိဗထူး အပါအ၀င္ ၆ ေယာက္၊ ႏုုိင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္း သား မ်ား ကူညီ ေစာင့္ ေရွာက္ေရး ကြန္ရက္အဖြဲ႔က ကုုိဟန္၀င္းေအာင္နဲ႔ ရန္ကုုန္ ၀ိဇာ၊ သိပံ တကၠသုုိလ္ေက်ာင္းသား သမဂအဖြဲ႔က ကုုိေသာင္းထုုိက္ဦးတုုိ႔ ပါ၀င္ပါတယ္၊ ထုုတ္ျပန္လုုိက္တဲ့ စာရင္းထဲမွာ ကိုုေအာင္စုုိးကုုိေတာ့ ဧၿပီ ၂၅ ရက္ေန႔မွာ ဖမ္းဆီး ထားၿပီး ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ က်န္တဲ့ ၇ ေယာက္ကုုိ သတင္းေပးဖုုိ႔ ပ်က္ကြက္သူေတြကုုိ ေထာင္ဒဏ္ ၆ လ၊ လက္ခံထား သူေတြကုုိ ၅ ႏွစ္ အသီးသီး ခ်မွတ္ႏုုိိင္ေၾကာင္း စစ္ကုုိင္းတုုိင္း ေဒသႀကီး ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႔က ေၾကညာ ထားပါတယ္။ အခုုလိုု ဖမ္းဆီးမိန္႔ ထုုတ္တာန႔ဲ႔ ပက္သက္လုုိ႔ ကုုိဟန္၀င္းေအာင္ရဲ႔ သေဘာထားအျမင္ကုုိ သိႏုုိင္ဖုုိအ တြက္ ေမးျမန္း ထား ပါတယ္။

BURMA: Criminalization of rights defenders and impunity for police

The Asian Human Rights Commission condemns in the strongest terms the announcement of the commander of the Sagaing Region Police Force, Myanmar, that the police will arrest and charge eight human rights defenders whom it blames for inciting protests against the army-backed copper mine project at the Letpadaung Hills, in Monywa. The commission also condemns the latest round of needless police violence against demonstrators there.

According to an undated announcement just issued by the regional commander of the Myanmar Police Force, a copy of which the AHRC has obtained, the police will lodge charges against eight persons for allegedly provoking demonstrations and other supposedly illegal actions. The persons named include six members of the Yangon People’s Support Network: Ko Aung Soe (14 charges), Ba Htoo (9 charges), Thar Kyi (6 charges), Ko Latt (8 charges), Thaw Zin (5 charges) and Ko Thu (1 charge). The other two persons are Han Win Aung of the Political Prisoners Families’ Beneficial Network (5 charges) and Thaung Taik Oo of the Yangon Institute of Technology Students Union (18 charges).


The announcement goes on to warn that failure to provide information leading to the apprehension of these persons or harbouring of them constitute criminal offenses. These sections of the announcement are clearly intended as direct threats to the local population that if anyone is hiding or protecting any of these persons and the police find out, then they also could wind up in custody.According to news reports, Aung Soe is already in detention, following the latest heavy handed police violence in response to protests by farmers on April 23, 24 and 25, when some entered their land and began tilling in deliberate violation of orders imposed to deny them access to the land in favour of the copper mine owners: the army’s holding company and a foreign partner firm. He is reportedly being held with two other demonstrators at the Nyaungbingyi Police Station.The announcement by the Sagaing Region police is just the latest illustration of how far authorities are prepared to stray from the supposedly democratic path that they claim to be treading, in order to protect the interests of crony businesses and ensure continued impunity for the police in their handling of the Letpadaung mine affair.None of the persons named in the announcement are criminals. All of them are doing no more than exercising what they correctly understand to be democratic rights to freedom of assembly and expression. All they are doing is asking that the rights of the occupants of the affected land be respected accordingly, and that they be treated as partners in dialogue rather than as the subjects of decisions made from above, as in the days of direct military government.



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