Prominent pro-democracy activist and 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (88GPOS) leader Ko Hla Myo Naung passed away on the morning of 28 November at Thingangyun Hospital in Rangoon.
WHY Ko Hla Myo Naung HAS TO LIVED UNDER SO POOR CONDITIONS AND NOBODY LOOKED AT HIM ?? SHAME COMRADES..
NAME OF POLITICAL PRISONER: Hla Myo Naung
GENDER: Male Ethnicity: Burmese
DATE OF BIRTH: 1967 Age: 39
PARENTS NAME: U Sein Maung
EDUCATION: Final year law student, University of Rangoon
OCCUPATION: Leader, 88 Generation Students Group, member of ABFSU
LAST ADDRESS: Rangoon
ARREST DATE: 10 October 2007 PHOTO DATE: April 2008
SECTION OF LAW: Section 505/b , 130/b, 17/20, 33/a, 17/1, 24/1, 32/b/36, 6, 4
SENTENCING HISTORY: Under trial/ 6 months + 65 years on 11 November 2008.
COURT HEARING: Insein prison special court
NAME OF PRISON: Myitkyina prison from Insein prison on 15 November 2008.
IMMEDIATE HEALTH CONCERNS:
Latest reports from family members of other activists detained with Hla Myo Naung indicate that he is at serious risk of going blind due to lack of treatment in detention for his eye condition. “Ko Hla Myo Naung is going to completely lose his vision. He had already gone blind in one eye due to a lack of treatment and now his other eye is getting worse and worse,” said Ko Aung Aung Tun, brother of 88 Generation Student leader Ko Ko Kyi, to the Democratic Voice of Burma on 25 April 2008.
On 11 October 2007 Hla Myo Naung, leading member of the 88 Generation Students’ Group, suffered nerve damage during an unsuccessful operation while in detention, according to his colleague Soe Tun. Soe Tun, also a member of the 88 Generation Students’ Group, told The Irrawaddy, “A policeman informed his wife that Hla Myo Naung had some kind of injury to his nervous system, although we don’t know exactly what happened.”
Hla Myo Naung was arrested on 10 October 2007 when he emerged from hiding to be treated in a Rangoon clinic. According to his doctor, he was suffering from a ruptured cornea and required urgent surgery to save his sight. The unsuccessful operation appears to have been carried out in detention shortly after his arrest. Reports indicate that follow-up treatment has been denied to Hla Myo Naung.
Following his arrest, Hla Myo Naung’s house was raided and all books and papers were removed. On 12 October 2007 his wife was informed by Rangoon Division police personnel that he had had an eye operation at Kanthayar Hospital in Kandawgyi, Rangoon, and that and his nervous system was now damaged as a result of the operation. She was not allowed to visit him. Hla Myo Naung and his wife, Aye Mar, have a 10-year-old son. (Source: Terres des Hommes Hilfe fur Kinder in Not)
On 30 January 2008, the wife of fellow political prisoner Ko Win Maw confirmed that she had seen Hla Myo Naung in Insein prison clinic whilst on a visit there.
CURRENT STATUS SUMMARY:
Hla Myo Naung is currently detained in Myitkyina prison, Kachin state, waiting for trial of the other charges on 2 December 2008. He has been there since 15 November 2008.
Hla Myo Naung, aged 39, played a leading role in the 1988 pro-democracy uprising and spent five years in prison during the early 1990s. Thirteen of his fellow activists, including the most prominent, Min Ko Naing, were arrested on August 21 following a peaceful march against the government’s sharp increase in fuel prices. On the same day Hla Myo Naung was arrested, fellow activist 42-year-old Win Shwe died during interrogation. An NLD member in Kyaukpadaung Township in Mandalay Division, Win Shwe had been arrested on September 26. Hla Myo Naung is also from Kyaukpadaung Township. Hla Myo Naung is the main spokesman for the 88 Generation Students, a group that takes it name from the 1988 uprising in which 3,000 protesters were killed.
Hla Myo Naung was arrested by military and police intelligence officers along with Tharaphee, a colleague from the ‘88 Generation Student Group, when he came out of hiding for medical treatment in Sanchaung township, Rangoon.
Hla Myo Naung has allegedly been on the list of persons sought by the authorities since the arrest of other members of the group on 21 August 2007. Photographs of a number of members of the ’88 Generation Student Group, including Hla Myo Naung, were reportedly pasted around townships in Rangoon and it was alleged that township authorities had ordered police to search for, and arrest, those persons. (Source: Front Line Defenders)