SHAME ON AAPP -Lt-Col Khun Kyaw aka Than Gyaung- Than Chaung-How could he be named as political prisoner when he had committed murder, rape, beheading to fellow ABSDF members. Such a shame to put his name under the political prisoners. If they put his name under political prisoner and it could leverage the genuine political prisoners who are with clean hands. This could make confusions to the generations to start thinking that ABSDF members are also the same. It could deeply tarnish their ABSDF’s fame.
When President Thein Sein’s administration released 73 political prisoners on July 23, questions began to emerge about the eventual fate of three members of the militant All Burma Student’s Democratic Front (ABSDF) who remained behind bars.
The students who were accused of being enemy’s spies and were tortured in Pagyoung camp
The releases are evidence that the President intends to keep his promise made during a recent visit to the United Kingdom where he declared that there would be no more prisoners of conscience in Myanmar. However, what defines a political prisoner when they have engaged in acts of killing, perhaps even torture and murder, is a question that concerns ABSDF members Than Gyoung, Myint Soe and Sao Khun Kyaw.
The three are accused of killing 39 fellow students between 1991 and 1992, some of them executed after being accused of being military spies and others were tortured to death while being interrogated. These accusations raise difficult questions about the actions committed by militant student groups in the struggle against military rule, revealing some of the murkier internal politics of the pro-democracy resistance movement.
“All those arrested for political beliefs are accepted as political prisoners. But we cannot accept and forgive the acts of violating law and human rights. Those who committed crimes must face the punishment according to the law. We can’t mix them up,” said Kyaw Htwe, a leader with the opposition National League of Democracy.
Thirty-nine out of 73 prisoners recently released belonged to the All Burma Student’s Democratic Front (ABSDF), a group led by students who fled their homes to take up arms against the military dictatorship, after the brutal and bloody crackdown of the 1988 pro-democracy uprising. Many joined forces with various armed ethnic groups who were fighting for regional autonomy. Continue reading “Political prisoners or mass murderers?”
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