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The body of freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing also called Par Gyi, was brought from Mon State to Yangon and laid to rest in a tomb at Yay Way cemetery on Friday.
His body was conveyed to Yangon after being exhumed from a shallow grave in a field in Kyaikmaraw Township in Mon State on November 5. More than 500 people, including Buddhist monks and members of political and social organisations, attended the funeral of the slain reporter.
Along the route from Mawlamyine Hospital to the Yangon city, Par Gyi’s body was flanked by members from township branches of the opposition National League for Democracy and social organisations and political activists for the safety and convenience of the body conveying.
“In Mawlamyine, eight monks tried to stop us carrying the dead body as they thought it was unholiness for the town. When we were about to leave Bago, three monks tried to stop us,” said Naw Ohn Hla from Democracy and Peace Myanmar Women Network, who joined the procession.
“How we will continue to react to the murder of Ko Par Gyi, we are still discussing. His wife Ma Than Dar is poor health.”
The funeral was also attended NLD’s patron Tin Oo and members, local and foreign correspondents. NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi, political parties and civic organisations sent wreaths.


Killed Journalist Par Gyi’s body was exhumed  in a field in Kyaikmayaw Township in Mon State on Wednesday with evidence immediately pointing to torture.

According to eye-witness Nay Myo Zin, the corpse showed signs of a broken jaw, a caved-in skull and swelling on the torso indicating broken ribs.

“It is completely clear that Ko Par Gyi was tortured,” he said. photo cr. Ko Nay Myo Zin





PHOTO CR. Aung San Thway T



Myanmar Burma army official admits interrogation of Rev. Ram Mai



Maj-Gen Tun Tun Naung, commander of Burma Army Northern Regional Military Command, conceded yesterday that government soldiers interrogated Rev. Ram Mai in early September, according to Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC). Rev. Ram Mai, a pastor in Kachin’s Putao district, was allegedly detained along with several other villagers and tortured during questioning.

The reverend is free now, said commander Tun Tun Naung in a conference call yesterday to KBC General Secretary Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samsun and Rev. Kum Awng, secretary of Myitkyina Kachin Baptist Association.

According to a KBA representative, Rev. Ram Mai suffered severe internal injuries and cannot leave his bed. A representative added that the pastor and 6 other men from the village were tied up inside the church and tortured by Burmese soldiers.

Among the other detainees were assistant pastor Salang Hkaw Dut, Yung Hka Khin and Dingra Min Seng.

Salang Hkaw Dut, a father of three, and the 20 year old Yung Hka Khin were allegedly killed and buried beside a nearby road, while the preacher Dingra Min Seng is still missing.

The incident occurred in Nhka Ga village in Machyangbaw township, where fighting broke out between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army on August 28th after government forces joined by a local militia attacked a post of KIA Battalion 7. Skirmishes have been ongoing since late last month and local sources have reported a rapid increase in Burma Army deployment to the area.

Ten villagers in Kyaukme, Shan State North, have been detained and tortured over suspicion of collaboration with the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’

WEDNESDAY, 20 APRIL 2011 14:35 S.H.A.N.

Ten villagers in Kyaukme, Shan State North, have been detained and tortured over suspicion of collaboration with the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’, according to local sources.

The 10 are:

Name Age Village Tract Date of detention
1 Htart Kya aka Thein Aung 55 Kawng Teng Pang Mark Meu 7 April
2 Sai Hsawng 45 Nyawng Pangla Taw Hsang 9 April
3 Sai Harn 64 Nyawng Pangla Taw Hsang 9 April
4 Arzingna 57 Zati Hawng Pang Mark Meu 9 April
5 Zantima 37 Zati Hawng Pang Mark Meu 12 April
6 Suzeya 38 Zati Hawng Pang Mark Meu 12 April
7 Mawng Mya 38 Pakha Taw Hsang 12 April
8 Sai Pan 35 Zati Hawng Pang Mark Meu 12 April
9 Sai Pa 55 Kawng Teng Pang Mark Meu 8 April
10 Than Kyaw 39 Pa Teng Pang Mark Meu

They were detained by troops from Light Infantry Battalions 501 and 502, based in Kyaukme together with troops from Mogok, Namlan and Mongmit.Mawng Mya, Sai Pan, Sai Pa and Than Kyaw were released afterwards, but others are still under detention. One source said villagers are especially concerned about Loong Harn (Sai Harn) who had received a severe head injury during interrogation and Zantima, whose bones in his hands were broken.

“Maybe our elected representatives can help?” one of the family members of the 6 remaining detainees wondered.

Kyaukme had elected 4 Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) candidates as their representatives:
Sai Thant Zin            National Assembly representative
Sai Nelson aka
Sai Hsawng Hsi        People’s Assembly representative
Sai Kham Kyaw       State Assembly representative #1
Sai Than Maung       State Assembly representative#2

The SNDP leader Sai Ai Pao, State Assembly representative for Hsenwi, is also a state minister for Industry and Mines as well as Sai Naw Kham, State Assembly representative for Hsipaw, who is a state minister for Construction.