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11.November 2008


Fourteen members of the 88 Generation Students Group have today been sentenced to 65
years each, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) has learnt. Those
sentenced are all prominent members of the group, and include high profile leaders Mie Mie,
Nilar Thein and her husband Jimmy. The other members of the group are Min Zayya, Zaw
Zaw Min, Than Tin (aka) Kyi Than, Zayya (aka) Kalama, Ant Bwe Kyaw, Kyaw Kyaw
Htwe (aka) Marky, Pannate Tun, Thet Zaw, Mar Mar Oo, Sandar Min (aka) Shwe, and Thet
Thet Aung.

The sentence was handed down at around 1pm, behind closed doors in Insein prison special
court. Family members were not allowed to attend the hearing.

In a separate hearing held in Insein prison special court, Labour activist Su Su Nwe was
today sentenced to 12 years and 6 months.

37 including Min Ko Naing “88 Generation Students Leaders and Members” face trial at the Special Court Located in Insein
Prison Compound. 68794305dcbwpugd5058

Name of Court Detainees Section of Law Cases Shall be Punished
Rangoon Eastern
District Court
36 including Min Ko
Section 4 of ‘Endangering National
Convention’ (SPDC Law No. 5/96)
1 Case 5 to 20 years imprisonment + nld_flag
Rangoon Northern
District Court
21 including Min Ko
Section 33 (a) of the Electronic Law 4 Cases 7 to 15 years imprisonment + jimmy_ni_lar_thein_mie_mie_lay
9 including Min Ko
Section 17/20 of the Printers and
Publishers Registration Act
1 Case 1 to 7 years imprisonment + Fine
3000 to 30000 Kyat
Dawbon Township
21 including Min Ko
Section 17/20 of the Printers and
Publishers Registration Act
2 Cases 1 to 7 years imprisonment + Fine
3000 to 30000 Kyat
37 including Min Ko
Section 505/b of denouncing the
government’s pride
2 Cases Maximum 2 years imprisonment
OR Fine
Hlaing Tharyar
Township Court
37 including Min Ko
Section 505/b of denouncing the
government’s pride
——– Maximum 2 years imprisonment
OR Fine
21 including Min Ko
Section 17 (1) of the Unlawful
Association Act
1 Case 2 to 3 years imprisonment + Fine
21 including Min Ko
Section 32/b/ 36 of Video Act 1 Case 3 years imprisonment / 10000
Kyat, 6 months / 5000 Kyat
Township Court
21 including Min Ko
Section 24/1 of the illegal
possession of foreign currency
2 Cases Maximum 3 years imprisonment
+ Fine
Insein Township
37 including Min Ko
1-Min Ko Naing
2-Ko Ko Gyi
3-Ko Mya Aye
4-Ko Pyone Cho
Section 505/b of denouncing the
government’s pride
5 Cases 2 years imprisonment / Fine +
South Okkalapa
Township Court
21 including Min Ko
Section 130 (b) (committing
depredation of foreign governments
at peace with Burma)
1 Case Maximum 3 years imprisonment
+ Fine
North Okkalapa
Township Court
37 including Min Ko
Section 6 of Organization of
Association Law
1 Case ——————-

Total Cases 21 Minimum 58 years
imprisonment to maximum
151 years imprisonment
37 including Min Ko Naing “88 Generation Students Leaders and Members” face trial at the Special Court Located in Insein
Prison Compound.

1 – Min Ko Naing
2 – Ko Ko Gyi
3 – Ko Pyone Cho
4 – Min Zayya
5 – Ko Mya Aye
6 – Kyaw Min Yu (aka Jimmy)
7 – Zayya
8 – Kyaw Kyaw Htway
9 – Ant Bwe Kyaw
10 – Pannate Tun
11 – Zaw Zaw Min
12 – Thet Zaw
13 – Nyan Lin
14 – Than Tin (aka Kyi Than)
15 – Sandar Min (aka Shwee)
16 – Ko Htay Kywe
17 – Ko Hla Myo Naung
18 – Aung Thu
19 – Myo Aung Naing
20 – Thin Thin Aye (aka Mie Mie)
21 – Thet Thet Aung (Female)
22 – Ma Lay Lay Mon (Female)
23 – Hnin May Ag (aka Nobel Aye)
24 – Daw San San Tin (Female) mee-mee
25– Thara Phee Theint Theint Tun
26 – Aye Thida (Female)
27 – Ma Nweah Hnin Ye (aka Noe
Noe) (Female)
28 – Zaw Hter Ko Ko
29 – Chit Ko Linn
30 – Thaw Zin Tin
31 – Aung Thike Soe
32 – Saw Myo Min Hlaing
33 – Tin Htoo Aung
34 – Thein Than Tun (aka Ko Ko
35 – Nilar Thein
36 – Mar Mar Oo
37 – Kyi Than

Remarks – 37 detainees cases included Min Ko Naing and 9 Females.
21 detainees cases included Min Ko Naing and 5 Females. Those 5 females are Sandar Min (aka Shwee), Thin Thin
Aye (aka Mie Mie), Mar Mar Oo, Nilar Thein and Thet Thet Aung.
Male (26)
Female (11)
They have been charged by 2 District Courts and 6 Township Courts.

Separated cases with same Section of Law
Section 33 (a) of the Electronic Law 4 cases
Section 17/20 of the Printers and Publishers Registration Act 3 Cases
Section 24/1 of the illegal possession of foreign currency 2 Cases
Section 505/b of denouncing the government’s pride 7 Cases

Cases with one Section of Law only
Section 4 of ‘Endangering National Convention’ (SPDC Law No.
1 Case
Section 17 (1) of the Unlawful Association Act 1 Case
Section 130 (b) (committing depredation of foreign governments
at peace with Burma)
1 Case
Section 32/b/ 36 of Video Act 1 Case
Section 6 of Organization of Association Law 1 Case
Total 21 Cases

*Information provided by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)*


Media Statement

11 November 2008
Nay Myo Kyaw (aka) Nay Phone Latt was yesterday sentenced to twenty years and six months by vice district Judge Daw Soe Nyan from Northern Rangoon district. His trial was held behind closed doors in Insein prison special court. Nay Phone Latt is a youth member of the National League for Democracy and one of Burma’s best-known bloggers. He owns the Explorer Internet café in Rangoon’s Pabedan Township, the Heaven Internet café in Thingangyun Township and a third in the same suburb of Rangoon. Authorities had been watching him since he returned from a trip to Singapore in 2007. He was arrested at his Thingangyun Township home in Rangoon on 29 January 2008 together with Thin July Kyaw.
Thin July Kyaw (aka) Pho Mu (aka) Karin Ma was yesterday sentenced to two years and six months during the same proceedings. Thin July Kyaw, an activist, is from Dagon Township in Rangoon.
Lawyer U Aung Thein had been representing both activists, but he himself was sentenced to four months imprisonment on 7 November 2008 under section 3 of the Contempt of Court Act.
Poet Saw Wai from Phyu Township in Pegu division was also sentenced yesterday, to two years imprisonment. He was arrested on 22 January 2008, after his poem mocking Than Shwe entitled “February 14” was published in the Love Journal. The first words of each line of the poem spelled out “Power Crazy Senior General Than Shwe”.
Ko Bo Kyi, Joint-Secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), said, “Trials of political activists are totally unlawful. There is no possibility of justice through these proceedings. Detainees are being denied food and water during hearings and are forced to stand for long periods of time. When they try to protest by turning their backs to the court, they are grabbed by the neck and forced to face the court. These proceedings amount to further mental torture for activists.

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Rangoon Trials Continue—at least 19 Condemned Today

11 NLD Members Sentenced- The 10 other NLD members were named as: Thant Zin Myo, Aung Min Naing, San Win, Win Myint, Myo Kyaw Zin, Kyaw Soe Win, Yan Naing Tun, Than Naing, Soe Min Min and female Hla Hla Maw.
Regime Tightens Reins on the Internet- Burma’s military government has turned to a 12-year-old law to justify its latest crackdown on dissidents, about 60 of whom have received lengthy prison sentences so far this week.

On Monday, blogger Nay Phone Latt became one of the first to be punished under the
1996 Computer Science Development Law, receiving a prison sentence of twenty years and six months for violating the hitherto little-used law. The next day, the court handed similarly harsh sentences to 14 members of the 88 Generation Students Group, also accused of committing various offenses under the law.

five monks sentenced to six and-a-half years in prison yesterday.
Chiang Mai – There is no let up in the Burmese military junta handing out varying punitive sentences to anti-regime forces, with five monks sentenced to six and-a-half years in prison yesterday.

The monks from ‘Ngwe Kyar Yan’ monastery were arrested and detained after the saffron revolution.

The monks are U Nanda, U Wilar Thekka, U Agga Dhama, U Eithiriya and U Zarnayya. They were not produced in court outside but their case was heard inside the Insein prison. They were handed out prison terms by a special court.
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) regrets to inform you that a blogger whom we reported earlier to have been charged without evidence has been sentenced on November 10, 2008 to over 20 years of imprisonment. The judgement was rendered after closed door hearings. It consisted of a combined sentence for the three different charges laid upon him.
Head held high Ashin Gambira will never bow to junta
A local woman journalist, attached to weekly ‘Ecovision Journal’ was sentenced to two years in jail by a court in Rangoon’s Tamwe Township on Friday.
Reporter covering Nargis victims sentenced to two years

The sentence handed out to reporter Ein Khaing Oo, barely 24-years-old, during a close-door trial without being allowed a defence lawyer, comes after several detained activists were sent to long terms in prison of up to 65 years earlier this week.
Convicted Activists Sent to Remote Prison Camps
Statement for Students Judged by SPDC
U Gambira – Prominent Monk, Others Receive Lengthy Prison Sentences
Ashin Gambira, one of the organizers of a monk-led uprising that captured international headlines last year, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on Tuesday by a special court convened behind closed doors at Rangoon’s Insein Prison.

A source close to the leading dissident monk said that the sentence did not include all of the charges against him, and would likely be much longer once the court reaches a final decision on the remaining charges.
“His case hasn’t been closed yet,” the source said. “There are still other charges being brought against him.”
More Prison Transfers continue
18 November 2008 (17:00) On 11 Novermber, Nine 88 Generation Group leaders including Min Ko Naing were get long term imprisonment 65 years again in Maubin prison same as previous Fourteen members of the 88 Generation Students Group. After that they were transferred to Insein prison then transferred again far from Rangoon and different areas per each in these days as following –
Wite Campaign for Justice in Burma
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) call for people around the world to wear white on every Saturdays starting on Burmese National Day, 22nd November 2008 (Saturday) until 27th December 2008 (Saturday), as the expression of solidarity with everyone who are working to restore justice, human rights and democracy in Burma.
Three Activists Jailed as Crackdown Continues
Three political activists were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment on Wednesday by a court in Rangoon’s Sanchaung Township in a continuing crackdown by the regime on dissidents.

Dee Nyein Lin, a leading member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions, was sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment on charges relating to his involvement in anti-government demonstrations, family members reported.

Kyaw Zwa was sentenced to two consecutive terms of five years and six years imprisonment, while Kyaw San received a four-year sentence.Dee Nyein Lin’s father, Zaw Zaw Min, a member of the 88 Generation Students group, was sentenced to 65 years imprisonment on November 11 by a court in Rangoon’s Insein Prison, along with several other members of the group.

Dee Nyein Lin’s grandfather, veteran journalist Saw Win, a member of the opposition National League for Democracy, died in prison in 1998, seven years into a 10-year sentence.

In the current crackdown, about 80 political activists, students, journalists, a poet and a blogger have been sentenced to prison terms of up to 65 years imprisonment on charges relating to involvement in the August-September 2007 demonstrations and infringements of laws on illegal assembly, resisting officials on duty, disturbing public order and regulations governing Internet use.
Myanmar sentences Buddhist monks to more than six years in priso
nsein Prison’s Special Court on Wednesday sentenced Zar Naya, Agga Dhama, Wila Theka, Nanda and Ei Dayiya to six and a half years in jail for unlawful assembly, participating in illegal associations, inducing crimes against public tranquility and committing disaffection towards the state and government.

All five monks formerly belonged to the Ngwe Kyar Yan Monastery, a popular temple in Yangon which backed the monk-led anti-government protests in September 2007, that ended in a brutal crackdown that left more than 30 people dead, about a hundred missing and thousands in prison.

20 November 2008 (16:30) Prison Transfers Up Dated List
They were transfered far away from home town for Heavy Tourture.
Hip-hop singer Zeyar Thaw has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for forming an illegal organization and possessing foreign currency without permission by a court today in Rangoon.
Zeyar Thaw (a.k.a. Kyaw Kyaw), who is popular among Burmese youth, was prosecuted by the military regime under charges of illegally holding foreign currency and establishing an unlawful association.

“The judges pronounced their judgment today after taking testimony from the Military Affairs Security (MAS). He was sentenced to one year imprisonment on the charge of holding foreign currency and another five years for the charge of establishing an unlawful association. We had no chance to defend his case,” lawyer Khin Than Htay, aunt of Zeyar Thaw, told Mizzima.

“He toured foreign countries as a singer, so he got some foreign currency. A Thai baht 100 denomination note, some change in Malaysian Ringgits and some Singapore dollars were found in his possession. It was not more than 10,000 kyat (US$ 8) in total,” she added.

MAS arrested Zeyar Thaw on the 12th of March this year at a restaurant between Sayar San Road and 66th Street in Rangoon.

She is proud for her nephew, given a prison term as an artist, confessed his aunt.
5 Generation Wave activists sentenced
The Lanmadaw Township court found Aung Zay Phyo, Arkarbo, Thiha Win Tin, Wai Linn Phyo and Yan Naing Thu guilty of forming an illegal organizing under the Unlawful Association Act.Hip-hop singer Zeyar Thaw was also named in the government’s case, but sentenced one additional year, six in total, for possessing foreign currency without approval from authorities.

All are members of Generation Wave, which has been advocating for an uprising to topple the military junta in Burma.
Zarganar, Ashin Gambira Get Long Prison Terms
Burma’s best-known comedian Zarganar and the prominent monk Ashin Gambira were among 35 regime critics sentenced to long prison terms in another day of trials in Rangoon’s Insein Prison on Friday.

Zarganar, whose anti-regime satire was a constant thorn in the side of Burma’s ruling generals, was given a 45-year term. Gambira, one of the leaders of the September 2007 uprising, was sentenced to a total of 68 years.
The media friendly Zarganar was convicted on several criminal charges, including infringements of the Electronic Act, 505 b.
press release UN Should Refer Burma To Int. Criminal Court

Unlawful Convictions of Burmese Political Prisoners are Crimes Against Humanity –
U.N. Security Council Should Refer Burma to the International Criminal Court

Certain judges in Burma, acting under the orders of Chief Justice U Aung Toe and Senior General Than Shwe, are themselves criminally liable as co-conspirators to crimes against humanity for their acts in “trying” and “convicting” 60 political activists last week. “These acts are the latest from the junta which uses the judiciary as one of its key weapons to commit grave crimes,” says Global Justice Center President Janet Benshoof. Judges including those listed below are criminally culpable and must be referred to the International Criminal Court.
Chief Justice U Aung Toe

U Thaung Nyunt, North District Court, Yangon Division

Daw Soe Nyan, U Tin Htut, U Kyaw Swe, and U Sein Hla, Western District Court, Yangon Division

Daw Aye Myaing, Hlaing Tha Yar Township Court, Yangon Division sentenced-members

Daw Than Than, Tamwe Township Court, Yangon Division

Daw Nyunt Nyunt Win, Kyauktadar Court, Yangon Division

Daw Mya Mya Swe, North Dagon Court, Yangon Division

Daw Thiri Tin, Ahlon township Court, Yangon Division

On November 11th approximately forty pro-democracy dissidents received prison sentences of up to 65 years. On November 13th twenty more activists were sentenced to terms ranging from 4 1/2 to 9 1/2 years. The convicted include members of the ’88 Generation Students, labor rights activist Su Su Nway, musician Win Maw, HIV/AIDS activist Than Naing, blogger Nay Phone Latt, and members of Daw Aung San Sui Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy. Even the defendants’ lawyers were not immune from the regime’s revenge; in October defense lawyers Nyi Nyi Htwe, Aung Thein and Khin Maung Shein were sentenced to between four and six months imprisonment for submitting a complaint about the unfair trial conditions of eleven NLD activists.

Judges did not allow the defendants to question prosecution witnesses, many defendants did not have legal representation and those that did were not permitted to meet with their lawyers in private. Burma Lawyers’ Council General Secretary U Aung Htoo stated, “Rule of law in Burma cannot even be dreamt of when the judiciary has become an instrument of political oppression, exercised by the SPDC military junta.”

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma, Tomàs Ojea Quintana, said this past week in reference to these convictions, “There is no independent and impartial judiciary system [in Burma].” However, the judges actions go much further; these prison sentences are crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, including violations of Article 7(1)(e) “Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law” and 7(1)(h) “Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender… or other grounds”.

GJC President Benshoof noted that top judges in Hitler’s criminal regime were convicted as co-conspirators of crimes against humanity and, more recently, in the Dujail1 decision, the Iraqi High Tribunal found Judge Awad Hamed al-Bandar jointly criminally liable for crimes against humanity committed with Saddam Hussein because he used the fa&ccedilade of “judicial authority and law” to “try” and then “execute” civilians. Burma Lawyers’ Council and Global Justice Center urge the international community to expose the regime’s criminal partnership with members of the judiciary and to join the call for a UN Security Council referral of all grave international crimes in Burma to the International Criminal Court.

For further information:
Contact: Aung Htoo
General Secretary, Burma Lawyers’ Council

Contact: Janet Benshoof, Esq.
President, Global Justice Center
Tel: 1-212-725-6530 x203
Monks on the run
by Mizzima News
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 18:45

Due to intelligence units hunting for them, some activist monks who were involved in last August’s Metta Sutra reciting protest in Sittwe have gone into hiding, according to opposition sources.

“More monks residing in Sittwe are feeling unsafe, with some already going on the run, while others have disappeared with no clue as to their present whereabouts,” said an activist.

Sittwe, the capital of Arakan, or Rakhine, state in western Burma, is a hot place for protests, with monks on several occasions having marched through the streets demanding dialogue for national reconciliation.

A few monks have left the country altogether, fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.
Two youth activists handed eight year prison terms -Thursday, 27 November 2008 11:23

New Delhi – Continuing a series of handing down long prison terms to dissidents, Burma’s military authorities on Monday sentenced two members of Generation Wave (GW), a youth dissident group, to eight years of imprisonment each.

Moe Thwe, a member of GW, told Mizzima that his colleagues – Tin Myo Htut (a.ka. Kyaw Kyaw Oo) and Saw Maung – who were arrested in September of this year, were charged under the Emergency Immigration Act 13/1 and the Illegally Forming Associations Act 17/1, being sentenced to eight years each by the Kyi Myin Dine court.
Imprisoned Burmese comedian honored- London-based ArtVenture, a philanthropic organization, on Wednesday awarded ‘The Imprisoned Artist Prize’ to prominent Burmese comedian and satirist Zargarnar, who was recently sentenced to 45 years imprisonment for his social activism and critical voice against Burma’s military rulers.

The award, which is part of ArtVenture’s Freedom to Create Prize, is intended to promote and recognize artists around the world who use their talents in promoting empathy and understanding and in confronting discrimination and oppression.-
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Andrew Harding reflects on his friendship with Burmese comedian Zarganar
Laughter defying Burma’s junta
Judicial Crackdown in Burma Continues Thet Zin, 42, an editor for the weekly journal, Myanmar Nation, and his manager, Sein Win Maung, both received seven-year prison sentences on Friday at a court in Thingangyun Township in Rangoon, said their relatives in Rangoon.

Thet Zin founded the Myanmar Nation in 2006. He is a former political prisoner and had previously worked as a reporter and editor for several weekly journals, including News Watch and Ah Lin Tan.
Hip-hop Star Banished to Remote Prison
Gambira, Five Others Sent to Remote Prisons Ashin Gambira, who received the longest prison term of 68 years, was transferred from Insein Prison to Hkamti Prison in Sagaing Division while his older brother, Aung Kyaw Kyaw, was sent from Insein Prison to Taunggyi Prison in Shan State in eastern Burma, according to a source who requested anonymity.

Also on Monday, Wanna Aung was sent to Pegu Prison in central Burma and Thiha Thet Zin was transferred to Myitkyina Prison in Kachin State in northern Burma, while Thein Zaw was moved to Kengtung Prison in Shan State, said the source. Another detainee, Htun Oo, was sent to Taungoo Prison in Pegu Division.
Former Leaders Urge UN to Press Burma on Prisoner Releases
NEW YORK — As many as 112 former presidents and prime ministers from more than 50 countries urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday to use his good offices to secure the release of all Burmese political prisoners by the end of the year.
Among important signatories to the letter are Corazon Aquino, Tony Blair, George H W Bush, Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, John Howard, Chandrika Kumaratunga, John Major, Margaret Thatcher and Lech Walesa.
“This is a historic outpouring of global support for the people of Burma, and I am pleased that so many have joined me in spotlighting this important issue,” Bondevik said in a statement.
“Today we unite to call on the United Nations to take action. The first step towards achieving national reconciliation in Burma is creating a firm deadline for the release of all political prisoners,” he argued.

Bondevik is also president of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights.

Meanwhile, as the Security Council met Tuesday to discuss their agenda for the month of December, it became evident that there are no takers for the cause of the people of Burma inside this powerful 15-member UN body.

For two months now, Burma has been reduced to a footnote on the agenda of the UNSC.

While persecution of democracy advocates in Burma has intensified, with more than 200 dissidents receiving lengthy prison sentences in recent months for their involvement in protests last year, no country has come forward to raise the issue before the Security Council.

“On Myanmar [Burma], no delegation gave any comment. But it is in the footnotes and could be raised anytime during the month of December,” said the UNSC president for December, Ambassador Neven Jurica of Croatia.

However, informed sources indicated that the is unlikely to be raised, as the main supporters of the people of Burma inside the UNSC—in particular permanent members Britain, France and the US—are preoccupied with other issues, including terrorism, the global financial crisis and conflicts in Somalia.

The silence of the US—which has always taken the lead in highlighting the need for action on Burma in the past—is also due to the political transition in Washington, where a new administration is preparing to take power in January.

This may explain why the US mission to the UN has not taken up the issue even after the White House in a statement urged the UNSC to act on the issue of Burma.

open the doors of prisons from Niknayman blog

open the doors of prisons from Niknayman blog

11. Dec. Myanmar military junta has rejected Daw Aung San Suu Kyi a chance to meet her lawyer.

U Kyi Win, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer, made a written request to the junta to get a chance to meet the detained Noble Peace Laureate and opposition leader, to discuss with her about an appeal regarding her continued house-arrest.

Hopes were raised for the lawyers request to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi this week as her physician was allowed to meet her for a medical check-up.

U Kyi Winn was previously allowed three times to meet her to discuss appeals against her detention. He has also filed a new appeal in October this year for her release.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been under detention for a total of more than 13 years now. Although her party the National League for Democracy NLD won landslide in the last free and fair elections in Burma in 1990, the junta never honoured the results.



Dec 11, 2008 (DVB)–More than one hundred people were arrested at Rangoon’s Thilawa port on 8 December as they were being transported from Arakan state, according to eyewitnesses.
Dec 11, 2008 (DVB)
NLD member Ohn Kyaing released from prison “We are glad to hear of his release but we are not very pleased that an innocent person was detained for that long,” Nyan Win said.

Dec 12, 2008 (DVB) Nilar Thein asks to be imprisoned with family Prominent 88 generation student member Nilar Thein, who is currently serving a 65-year sentence in Thayet prison, has asked permission to be held in a jail with her husband and young daughter, a family member of hers said.

According to Nilar Thein’s sister Moe Moe, the detained activist told her mother during a recent visit that she had asked to be held in the same prison as her husband Kyaw Min Yu, known as Ko Jimmy, and their baby daughter.

December 16, 2008

Burma: Lawyer’s Testimony Highlights Distorted Justice
ASEAN Should Monitor Jailed Activists

(New York, December 16, 2008) – Burma’s military government has used the country’s legal mechanisms to intimidate political prisoners and to deny them access to justice, Human Rights Watch said today, citing new testimony from a defense lawyer who has just fled the country. In a crackdown that started in October 2008, Burma’s courts have sentenced over 200 political and labor activists, internet bloggers, journalists, and Buddhist monks and nuns to lengthy jail terms.

With the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Charter having entered into force on December 15, Human Rights Watch urged ASEAN to dispatch an eminent independent legal team to monitor the trials and conditions of activists held in isolated prisons.

“The government locks up peaceful activists, sends them to remote prisons, and then intimidates or imprisons the lawyers who try to represent them,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “This abuse of the legal system shows the sorry state of the rule of law in Burma.”
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Burma: Lawyer’s Testimony Highlights Distorted Justice
ASEAN Should Monitor Jailed Activists

women world leaders letter to Ban Ki-moon

Khun Myint Tun, member of Standing Committee of the Members of Parliament Union and member of the Secretariat of the Naitonal Council of the Union of Burma, Addresses Amnest International Political Prisoners Speaking Event

Khun Myint Tun Addresses Amnest International Political Prisoners Speaking Event December 10 2008,

……After Depayin Massacre in 2003, US Congress and President enacted “Burma Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, Public Law 108-61, 108th Congress”. It is “to sanction the ruling Burmese military junta, to strengthen Burma’s democratic forces and support and recognize the National League of (for) Democracy as the legitimate representative of the Burmese People”.

In 2006, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) expressly affirmed that “the will of the people is the basic of the authority of government and that the will of the people of Myanmar was clearly expressed in the elections held in 1990.” The General Assembly reaffirmed this finding in its most recent (2007-resolution, UNGA Res. 62.222)

To solve our country problem peacefully among many conflicts, we need a common ground and a guarantee. The question is who will give them to whom with what. Solving our political issues within the Parliament, which is based on 1990 election results, would be the best for our country. We can get a common ground and a guarantee from it.

As the General Assembly has stated in numerous resolutions, the junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), continues to violate international law and treaties, domestic law including election law, and their agreements with the people. read all

Breaking News – for immediate release
30 December 2008
Today, the National League for Democracy (NLD) party held a ceremony to mark the 61st anniversary of Burma Independence Day at their headquarters. After the event, nine NLD Youth members marched from NLD headquarters to Sanchaung Township, Rangoon, holding photographs and placards with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s image. They called for the release of all political prisoners, and demanded national reconciliation.
When they arrived at the public square in Sanchaung Township, they were arrested by members of the Swan Arr Shin (People’s Power Force) the regime’s hired thugs, and brutally beaten. Their whereabouts are now unknown.
The nine are:
Tun Tun Win (from Sanchaung Township), Htet Htet Oo Way (from Shwepyithar Township), Ye Ni Oo, Pyae Pyae, Aung Phyo Wai, Min Thein, Win Myint Maung (aka) Pe Pyoat, Kaung Htet Naing, and Thet Maung Tun.


104 years…


New Delhi (Mizzima) – A revered Buddhist Monk, Ahnanda, 62, who was arrested and imprisoned for participating in the 2007 monk-led protest by reciting Metta Sutra, died in the prison last month, sources said.

Ahnanda a monk from Thitsa Tharaphu monastery in Rangoon’s North Okklapa Townhsip, died while he was serving his four years and three months prison term in Insein prison. He had been into monk hood for 40 years.

All Burmese Federation of Student Unions leaders Kyaw Ko Ko and Nyan Linn Aung were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment each by Rangoon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt township court yesterday.

Judge Tin Latt sentenced the two to the maximum term under the Video Act.
Kyaw Aye, Kyaw Ko Ko’s father, said the sentence was politically motivated.
“Under the law my son should be released because when they caught him, they only seized a mobile phone from him and the special police had already testified that all the exhibits presented belonged to Nyan Linn Aung,” Kyaw Aye said.

Two elected MPs jailed for 15 years
Feb 13, 2009 (DVB)–Elected members of parliament Dr Tin Min Htut and Nyi Pu were sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment today by Insein prison court, according to Dr Tin Min Htut’s son.

Khaing Win Hlaing, son of Dr Tin Min Htut, said his father and Nyi Pu were sentenced at 4.40pm this afternoon.
Kyaw Hoe, the lawyer for the two MPs-elect, was barred from attending the court proceedings right up until the sentencing.
Nyi Pu is the elected representative for Gwa township and an Arakan National League for Democracy organising committee member, while Dr Tin Min Htut is an elected MP from Panatanaw township in Irrawaddy division.

Several policemen were seen visiting Tin Oo’s house to inform him that the restrictions had been extended, according to a neighbour who asked not to be named for fear of government reprisal.

The extension was for one year, said a government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to release such information. Burma’s junta tightly controls the release of all news.

Tin Oo, 82, the vice chairman of the National League for Democracy, was arrested with Suu Kyi in May 2003, when a pro-government mob attacked their motorcade as they were making a political tour of northern Burma. Both party leaders have been in either prison or under house arrest since then.

UNDER AMNESTY released 21.02.09
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22 February 2009
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) can confirm that 19 political prisoners were released from various prisons in Burma yesterday.
On Friday the ruling military regime announced that it would release 6,313 prisoners from 21 February.

The list of released:
Myintkyina prison

Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, Member of Parliament from the National League for Democracy party, was released from Myitkyina Prison. He has been in jail since 1991.
U Pe Sein, Township organizer, Mohnyin, Kachin State.
U Naw Naw
Insein prison

U Kaythara (a) U Kyaw Min Thet
U Ingura (a) U Aye Tun Thar
U Thireina (a) U Kyaw Moe
U Marlaina (a) U Min Zaw Aung
U Ardatesa (a) U Aung Ko
U Takekanateya (a) U Maung Zaw
U Damitika (a) U Tun Tun
U Tun Zaw Htay (a) Tun Tun
U Khaing Ba Myint
U Soe
U Nandathiri (a) U Htay Ye Tun
U Sandima (a) U Zaw Min Htet
Ma Hmwe (a) Ma Kyin Haw
Ma Khin Khin Leah
Tin Hlaing
U Thet Wai (a) Pauk Sa

Two Generation Wave members, Aung Ko Min and Nyein Chan (alias) Khaing Ko Mon were sentenced up to 5 and 8 years respectively, by the Sanchaung Township Court in Rangoon Division, They were charged with involvement in an illegal organization and illegally crossing the country’s borders._Tuesday, 03 March 2009 18:02
“They were sentenced yesterday without their defense lawyer,” Moe Thway, one of the members of GW, who is hiding and communicating with the media, said. “Nyein Chan has one more trial in the Yangon (Rangoon) Divisional Court,” he added.

Both the accused were arrested on October 10, 2008 by the authority and a printer and a computer were also seized.
Pop star imprisoned for further 10 years
Win Maw, an 88 generation student member who fronts Shwe Thanzin (‘Golden Melody’), was sentenced on 5 March. Another 88 generation student member Zaw Zaw Min (also known as Baung Baung) was also sentenced, along with Aung Zaw Oo.
The latest sentencing means Win Maw will now serve a total of 17 years, Zaw Zaw Min a total of 12 years, and Aung Zaw Oo a total of 22 years.

9.03. Human rights activist Thein Thein Yin was arrested on 11 February by authorities for allegedly supplying news to foreign news agencies, her relatives said.
Eight people were arrested in Rangoon’s Twantay township on charges of not having valid guest passes after they carried out a signature campaign calling for the release of all political prisoners.

Following his involvement with the 1988 uprising, San Naing (also known as Ye Thiha) was involved in the hijack of a Burma Airways aircraft traveling from Mergui in southern Burma to U-tapao air base in Thailand on 6 October 1989.

Eight people were arrested in Rangoon’s Twantay township on charges of not having valid guest passes after they carried out a signature campaign calling for the release of all political prisoners.

Khin Zaw, a seafood dealer and owner of a teashop in Zaythit ward, was arrested on 3 March along with seven of his employees and released two days later.
Seventy people, including Zaythit ward authority chairman, Than Oo, and the local police force, raided his house, according to Khin Zaw.
They were accompanied by Union Solidarity and Development Association members and immigration department staff.


Two NLD members in unspecified arrest

Cyclone relief coordinator sentenced to 17 years
Mar 12, 2009 (DVB)–A man who organised rescue efforts via the internet for Cyclone Nargis victims has been sentenced to 17 years in jail.

Min Thein Tun (also known as Thiha) was charged under the Electronics Act, Unlawful Associations Act and Immigration Act. The sentence was passed on 11 March in a court inside Insein prison.

Mar 13, 2009 (DVB)–The brother-in-law of All-Burma Monks Alliance leader U Gambira has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment with hard labour under immigration laws, said his wife.

The Special Intelligent Agent authority arrested four National League for Democracy (NLD) members at Lawkanandar Pagoda, on March 10, around 8:30 pm, a local devotee from Akyab said.

Four NLD Members Arrested
Kyi Lwin, in his 50s, a NLD member from South Dagon Myothit Township, was arrested by local authorities on Monday, said NLD spokesperson Nyan Win.

Farmers’ lawyer sentenced to four years in prison<One of the farmers, Zaw Htay from Aunglan, was sentenced to 10 years on 23 January with the charge of leaking national secrets for taking photographs of confiscated farmlands.
Lawyers defending political and human rights activists have been harassed and intimidated in various ways.
Young lawyer Nyi Nyi Htway was sentenced to six months in jail by Rangoon Hlaing township court in October with the charge of impeding court procedures.
Another lawyer Kyaw Kyaw Min, who was sentenced in absentia, had fled to the Thai-Burmese border.
Two senior lawyers Aung Thein and Khin Maung Shein were each sentenced to four months’ imprisonment last November for contempt of court. They were released on 6 March.

Junta sentences six relief volunteers
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A Special Court in the notorious Insein prison precincts in Rangoon on Friday, sentenced relief workers, who were helping victims of Cyclone Nargis, to prison terms ranging from two to four years.

Former political prisoner, Dr Nay Win, along with his daughter Phyo Phyo Aung and four others were helping villagers in the cyclone-hit delta, to cremate corpses. They were arrested and charged under Sections 6 and 7 of Unlawful Association.

Advocate Khin Maung Myint, who was in court, told Mizzima that Aung Thant Zin Oo, Phyo Phyo Aung and Shein Yarza Tun were sentenced to four years each, while Nay Win, Aung Kyaw San and Phone Pye Kywe were sentenced to two years each.

Defense Counsel, Khin Maung Myint, said his clients were charged for having contact with 88 Generation Student Leader, Tun Myint Aung, and for communicating with the foreign media.

The six people were arrested in June 2008, by Military Affairs Security (MAS), on their way back from Bogale Township in Irrawaddy Division, where they had been helping cremate victims of Cyclone Nargis.

Burma: Fears for Safety of Five Union Delegates
Those arrested are:

U Zaw Myint Aung (49 years old, Teacher, South Okkalapa, Rangoon)
U Soe Oo (37 years old, Textile Factory Worker, Shwe Pyi Thar, Rangoon)
Maung Tun Nyein (22 years old, Worker, Shwe Hninsi Textile factory, Hlaing Thayar, Rangoon)
Ms. Khine Lin Myat (22 years old, Worker, UMH Textile factory)
Ms. Shwe Yi Nyunt (25 years old, Nurses Aide and Law Student, University of Western Rangoon, and Member, FTUB Women’s Committee).

This group had been released now,.-The following five FTUB members were released on 10 April 2009.

1. U Zaw Myint Aung (49 years old, Teacher, South Okkalapa, Rangoon)
2. U Soe Oo (37 years old, Textile Factory Worker, Shwe Pyi Thar, Rangoon)
3. Maung Tun Nyein (22 years old, Worker, Shwe Hninsi Textile factory, Hlaing Thayar, Rangoon)
4. Ms. Khine Lin Myat (22 years old, Worker, UMH Textile factory)
5. Ms. Shwe Yi Nyunt (25 years old, Nurses Aide and Law Student, University of Western
Rangoon, and Member, FTUB Women’s Committee)

A number of the family members of these five were also arrested. They have now all been released.
On behalf of the released members and their families, FTUB extends its thanks and continuing appreciation to all international and national trade unons who responded to our call, including those unions affiliated to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the Global Union Federations, the ITUC-Asia/Pacific, and the Asean Trade Union Council (ATUC). We also wish to thank the ILO for its prompt intervention, and add our sincere appreciation to those national Governments who took up the cause of our members.

NLD Members Arrested after Praying for Suu Kyi’s Release

Two members of Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) were arrested on Tuesday after praying for the release of their detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners at a pagoda in Twantay, Rangoon.

Chit Pe, vice-president of the NLD office in Twantay Township, and Aung Soe Wai were arrested after about 50 NLD members prayed at the township’s Phettayar Pagoda, according to Kyin Toe, the NLD Twantay office chairman.

Kyin Toe said the two were arrested after returning home from the prayer vigil. They were charged under religious laws 295A.

Kyin Toe said some of the NLD members attending the prayer vigil carried Buddhist religious flags. They were joined by several dozen villagers from Zeephyu Gone.

“The NLD is acting peacefully and lawfully for Burma to become a democratic country,” Kyin Toe said. 22.april 2009

Ko Zarganar Virus B
his eye and the whole body come to pretty yellow-water is not purified

Aung Pe was arrested on National Armed Forces day (also known as Resistance Day) on 27 March this year after protesting near the opposition party National League for Democracy’s office in Twante township, Rangoon.-Solo demonstrator sentenced to one year

Dr. Tin Myo Win was arrested on Thursday after visiting Aung San Suu Kyi as part of a regular medical check-up, a source who had spoken to Nyan Win, the NLD spokesperson on Saturday told Mizzima.

May 17, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s physician, Dr Tin Myo Win, who was arrested by government authorities on 7 May, was released yesterday, according to a close relative.

“He was released this evening but is not at home at the moment as he just went out,” said the relative.
The doctor was arrested when he went to see Suu Kyi on his monthly visit, as permitted by the government.

Events leading up to Aung San Suu Kyi’s case

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Five Political Prisoners Placed in ‘Dog Cells’- Naing Naing, a member of parliament-elect; Soe Han and Aung Naing of the National League for Democracy party; Lwin Ko Latt, a member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions; and Sandimar, a senior abbot were named as recipients of the harsh punishment.


The two, Chit Pe and Aung Soe Wei, were arrested on 21 April after holding a prayer ceremony at a pagoda near to Rangoon division’s Twante township, and charged under Section 295a which addresses “desecration of religious buildings and property”.
Lengthy sentences for opposition prayer arrestees
June 18, 2009 (DVB)–Two members of the opposition National League for Democracy party arrested after praying for the release of political prisoners in Burma have each been sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison.

AN 87-YEAR-OLD member of Myanmar’s pro-democracy party has been sentenced by the military regime to a two-year prison term for alleged defamation, a party member said Tuesday.

Kyaw Khaing – a member of the National League for Democracy headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, who faces a five-year prison term herself if found guilty in an ongoing trial – was sentenced Monday by a court in Tauggok in northwestern Rakhine State, said Thein Hlaing, a senior party member there.

Kyaw Khaing was sued by an expelled party member after comments made over fundraising for the party.

‘The court decision was biased and unfair. This is a severe and unjustified punishment because Kyaw Khaing is an opposition party member and an elected party candidate,’ said Aung Thein, a lawyer whose license was revoked in May, a day before he applied to represent Suu Kyi at her trial.

Kyaw Khaing was elected to office when his party won a landslide victory in the 1990 general elections, the results of which have never been recognized by the government.

He was given a seven-year prison sentence in 2007 following an pro-democracy uprising led by Buddhist monks, but was released 12 days later.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been ruled by the military since 1962 and is widely accused of human rights violations.

Western human rights groups say the regime holds more than 2,000 political prisoners.

Suu Kyi is facing a separate trial in which she has been charged with violating the terms of her house arrest by harboring an uninvited American man who entered her residence. — AP

31.July Although the trail of Aung San Suu Kyi was postpone to August 11 , military Junta seized youth activist from upper Burma and from Yangon division to prevent possible uprising.

U Maung Soe, U ar Lay, U Kyaw Naing from Taung Dwin Gyi, Magwe Division
Ko Myint Ngew, Ko Tint Lwin, Ko Than Aung and another one, total four person from Yay Nan Chaung, Magwe Division, U Thaung Soe from Minbu, one other from Zagu were seize by authorities while youth from South Dagon named Ko Htein Win, Ko Nay Linn Soe of Thakaeta and Ma Khin Myat Thu from Mingalardon were taken by the authorities with no reason.

U Gaw Thita, an abbot belonging to the Leik Pyar Kan monastery, Nga Htat Gyi pagoda was arrested at the Rangoon airport on his way back from Taiwan.

He was arrested by intelligence personnel and police on August 29.

“He is a native of Kungyangon. He’s over 30 years old and sojourns at the Leik Pyar Kan monastery. The abbot graduated from Dhama Siriya and is a teaching monk in the monastery,” a monk who is close to the abbot said.

There are 24 buildings in the Leik Pyar Kan monastery in Nga Htat Gyi pagoda, Bahan Township, Rangoon. It is learnt that the arrested abbot has been teaching about 30 student monks.

Other monks staying in the monastery do not know his current whereabouts. U Gaw Thita was taking part in reconstruction and rehabilitation work in Cyclone Nargis hit areas.

“He went to Taiwan legally. We heard he is in custody and have been unable to contact him. Inquiries are on about him,” a lay devotee close to the abbot said.

As the second anniversary of the 2007 September Saffron Revolution draws close, security has been beefed up in major pagodas and monasteries in Rangoon since the end of last month. Police personnel are deployed at Ward level Peace and Development Council offices at night.

According to the Thai-Burma border based ‘Association of Assistance to Political prisoners’ – Burma (AAPPB), the junta arrested 158 monks after the 2007 September Saffron Revolution and they were sentenced to various terms in prison with a maximum punishment of 65 years.

Six Arakanese university students,were arrested by SP 2 police intelligent force in Rangoon on 1 September, 2009. Since then, they have been missing,The six students were identified as Ko Tun Lin, Ko Zaw Tun Oo, Ko Kyaw Zaw Oo, Ko Kyaw Win, Ko Khin Maung Htay, and Ko Kyaw San Hlaing. All are around 25 years of age and come from Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State.

“They were brought to an undisclosed location for interrogation by the police after their arrest,” the source said.

A relative of one youth from Sittwe confirmed the arrest but refused to provide further details out of fear of punishment by the authorities.

It is suspected that they were arrested in connection with the 70th anniversary of Saradaw Ottama Day on 9 September.

Ottama was a prominent Arakanese monk who sacrificed his life for Burma’s independence from British rule, but the Burmese military currently in power has banned observance of the memorial day in Burma.

In “Pague” division,”Joe Pin Kout” township,one of the NLD member “Ma Mar Mar Aye”46 years old,was arrested on 15 Aug 2009 and SPDC sentenced her after two day.
And she was sent “Poung Tel” prison by SPDC because they found ASSK”s T-shirt and UN article papers at her house.Moreover, SPDC’s spy said he found her talking with
a monk at a Tea-shop.At home she stating with her 11years old son and old mother.
HRW Watch 16,sept.09 Burmas forgotten prosoners

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17.sept.09 —–The source said Myo Han, Wint Thu, Hla Myo Kyaw, Aung Myo Lat, Soe Ya Zar Phyo, Kyi Soe, one unidentified civilian and one unidentified monk were arrested.

The mother of Wint Thu said, “They came and searched our home about 2:30 am. My son wasn’t here, but later I heard he had been arrested.”

The detainees were taken to Mandalay, sources said. Sources believe the authorities made the arrests in an effort to disrupt planned demonstrations.

Special Police have been mobilized at various Myingyan monasteries and at youth gatherings in the township in recent days, sources said.
„aapp“At least 88 political prisoners released 19 september

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21.september 2009
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) (AAPP) can confirm that so far 126 political prisoners have been released from 24 different prisons in Burma.

The 126 released include 43 members of the National League for Democracy, including 3 MPs; 23 women; 12 former political prisoners; 4 monks; 4 journalists; 13 students; 10 members of the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters Network; 6 members of the 88 Generation Students; and 1 lawyer.

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The authorities arrested Dr. Wint Thu, Myo Han, Aung Myo Latt, Hla Myo Kyaw a.k.a. ET, Yargyi a.k.a. Soe Yarzar Phyu from their homes on September 16 at 3 a.m.
Political Prisoner Profile Nyi Nyi Aung
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5.0ctober 09 New Delhi (Mizzima) – Four women activists, praying for the release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, were arrested on Saturday, the eve of full moon day that marked the end of Buddhist lent, sources close to the activists said.

Naw Ohn Hla, Myint Myint San, Cho Cho Lwin and Ma Cho, were arrested by Rangoon’s Special Branch Police after returning from the Magwe Monastery in South Dagon suburb of Rangoon. They had offered alms to monks on the eve of the full-moon day, a source close to the activists said.

Nyein Chan, a member of the Generation Wave (GW) activist group sentence extended by 10 years</a
15-year sentence for displaying a poster
Oct 28, 2009 (DVB)–A courtroom in Rangoon has handed down a 15-year sentence to a man arrested after putting up a poster calling for the release of political prisoners in Burma.
Htay Win’s wife, 52-year-old Daw Nge, is a member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Tamwe township. She was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison on charges related to the September 2007 monk-led protests.
He said that Tin Htut Paing had been kept in detention for more than a month before the trial began, and “was denied food for two days and faced harsh interrogations”.
28.october 2009
A number of members of a Cyclone Nargis volunteer group, ‘Lin Let Kye’, including freelance journalist Pai Soe Oo were arrested from Dagon Seikkan, Rangoon Division yesterday evening.

Pai Soe Oo (23), an active member of Lin Let Kye, means Shining Star, was arrested by local township authorities from his Yuzana Housing Apartment in Dagon Seikkan Township at 9 p.m. for questioning.

“Three persons wearing USDA badges and three local officials came and said that he would be taken to the Home Ministry. When I was ready to go with him, they said they would come again tomorrow,” a friend of Pai Soe Oo living with him told Mizzima.

Two monks arrested
Abbot U Agga Zara from Zaryarthain monastery of Kwangyan Kone township, Rangoon
Division, and Abbot U Munainda from Zayar Thiri monastery of Htantaw quarter, were
arrested on September 30 by government authorities. Both monks are 50 years old. The
reason for their arrest remains unknown. (2 October 2009 RFA)
The whereabouts of poet Khant Min Htet, also the layout designer of Rangoon based Ahlinkar Wutyee Journal, picked up by the police about two weeks ago from his home, is still not known, his family said.

The Special Branch (SB) of the police arrested him on October 22 from his home in Thaketa Township. Four days after his arrest, a four-member SB team came to his home again and searched his house. They seized some CDs from his home and a computer hard disk from his journal office.

“They just said that they are taking him for questioning but we still do not know his whereabouts. The family is terribly worried,” father of Khant Min Htet and Padauk Pwint Thit Editor-in-Chief Maung Sein Ni told Mizzima.

His family felt his arrest has something to do with politics but the authorities did not disclose anything about it, his family said.

The Thailand based ‘Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners-Burma’ (AAPP-B) said that at least 41 political activists including members of the Cycl.Nargis volunteer relief workers group ‘Lin Let Kye’ were arrested in Rangoon last month.
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November 7, 2009

Political Prisoner Ma Ni Mo Hlaing in critical condition

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) has learned that Ma Ni Mo Hlaing, who is currently being held in Thayet prison, is suffering from typhoid fever. She began demonstrating symptoms of fever on October 6, 2009, and her condition has steadily deteriorated since.
Due to the severity of her condition, Thayet prison officers have alerted her family by telegraph, and her mother was able to visit her in prison on October 27.
Prison officials have also authorized a blood test, but refused to share its results with the family. Ma Ni Mo Hlaing was administered gastric tablets and typhoid injections by the prison’s medical authorities, but her situation has not improved, prompting the prison’s resident doctor to qualify her condition as very serious. Her family also has a history of suffering from meningitis, and this has caused additional concern for her health. It is known that typhoid fever can be fatal when appropriate medical treatment is not provided.
Ma Ni Mo Hlaing was sentenced to consecutive three and two year sentences in 23 March 2009. She is a member of the National League for Democracy, Burma’s main opposition party which won a landslide election in 1990, but was never allowed by the military junta to govern. Also she was actively involved as leading role in “Saffron Revolution” on September 2007 and fundraising for independent Cyclone Nargis relief efforts with her friends.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners can confirm that there are at least 128 political prisoners in bad health held in prisons across Burma.
A source close to Kan Myint’s family said that he was sentenced on 13 November to eight more years in prison on separate under the Unlawful Association Act (17-1)
Jail term extended for 2007 activist
Nov 19, 2009 (DVB)–An activist whose group played a key role in sparking the September 2007 monk-led uprising in Burma has had his 10-year prison sentence extended by eight years, sources close to his family said.

Kan Myint, who spent four years in prison in the early 1990’s, was an active member of the commodity protester group, Myanmar Development Committee, whose protests against the sudden hike in fuel prices in September 2007 triggered the uprising.
He was arrested on 8 December 2008 and later handed a 10-year sentence on charges of causing a public riot, and breaching the Immigration Act and Video Act. The leader of the group, Htin Kyaw, is currently serving 12 years and six months in prison.
A source close to Kan Myint’s family said that he was sentenced on 13 November to eight more years in prison on separate under the Unlawful Association Act (17-1) for having link with an unlawful association, and Act (17-2) for involvement with an unlawful association.
The Unlawful Association Act is regularly used by the Burmese military government to imprison opposition activists, journalists and politicians. “According to his lawyer, he could not be charged with Act 17-1 after he was already charged with Act 17-2,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity. “However the court gave him maximum sentences for both charges separately.”
The case mirrors that of another activist, Generation Wave member Nyein Chan, who last month had an eight-year sentence extended by 10 years. He had been caught distributing leaflets to mark the one-year anniversary of the founding of the youth activist group.
Meanwhile, three members of the opposition National League for Democracy party facing trial in Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison special court were yesterday charged with the Unlawful Associations Act, according to lawyer Kyaw Ho.
The members are Ma Cho (also known as Myint Myint San), Sein Hlaing and Shwe Gyo.
Burma currently holds around 2,120 political prisoners, including 244 monks and 270 students, according to the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma (AAPP).

Discrepancies highlighted in US citizen trial
Nov 23, 2009 (DVB)–The lawyer for an American citizen currently standing trial in Burma last week highlighted what he said was an inconsistency in one of the key charges brought against his client.

The Burmese-born United States’ citizen, Kyaw Zaw Lwin (also known as Nyi Nyi Aung), is standing trial in a Rangoon courtroom on charges of fraud and of carrying excessive amounts of the Burmese currency into the country.
Jail term extended for 2007 activist
Nov 19, 2009 (DVB)–An activist whose group played a key role in sparking the September 2007 monk-led uprising in Burma has had his 10-year prison sentence extended by eight years, sources close to his family said.

Kan Myint, who spent four years in prison in the early 1990’s, was an active member of the commodity protester group, Myanmar Development Committee, whose protests against the sudden hike in fuel prices in September 2007 triggered the uprising.
He was arrested on 8 December 2008 and later handed a 10-year sentence on charges of causing a public riot, and breaching the Immigration Act and Video Act. The leader of the group, Htin Kyaw, is currently serving 12 years and six months in prison.
Court charges four women activists
The four activists – Naw Ohn Hla of Hmawbi Township, Myint Myint San of Dallha Township, Cho Cho Lwin of Thingangyun Township and Ma Cho of South Dagon Township – had regularly prayed every Tuesday at the popular shrine Shwedagon Pagoda for the release of pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

A monk who appeared at the Rangoon courtroom on the day Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced in August has been imprisoned for two years
Dec 7, 2009 (DVB)–A monk who appeared at the Rangoon courtroom on the day Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced in August has been imprisoned for two years, family sources said.

Nyi Nyi San, also a member of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, who had entered temporary monkhood, was arrested whilst walking away from the Insein prison courtroom on the day the verdict was given.
He has been sentenced on charges of defaming the Buddhist religion at the end of a trial held in Bahan township, Rangoon, where the NLD headquarters are based.
Nyi Nyi San was in temporary monkhood under the name of Ashin Sandatika at Daysunpa monastery in Bago division when the opposition leader began her trial.
“He requested permission from the abbot at the monastery where he was ordained [to attend the trial],” said a source. “He was arrested and pulled into a truck while on his way to the NLD office from Insein prison.” The source told DVB that Nyi Nyi San is suffering from a hernia. Prison doctors have reportedly told authorities that he needs medical attention.
The Burmese junta’s treatment of monks, widely revered across the majority Buddhist population of Burma, was thrown into the spotlight in September 2007 as police opened fire on crowds of monks protesting in the streets of Rangoon, in what come to be known as the Saffron Revolution.
Video footage later emerged that showed the bloated bodies of monks, still in their robes, who had been shot by police during the protests.
Suu Kyi was sentenced in August to a further 18 months under house arrest after US citizen John Yettaw intruded into her lakeside home-cum-prison. Judges alleged that her “sheltering” of Yettaw contravened the rules of her house arrest.
Scores gathered regularly at the heavily guarded gates of Insein prison throughout the trial. Eyewitnesses said that police had set up road blocks along the main arteries to the prison, and had regularly intimidated NLD supporters.
BREAKING NEWS: Nyi Nyi Aung on Hunger Strike 7 Dec 2009

Kyaw Zaw Lwin (a.k.a. Nyi Nyi Aung), a political prisoner in Burma’s notorious Insein Prison, is currently on hunger strike. He is on hunger strike to protest losing prisoners’ rights.
Kyaw Zaw Lwin is a 40-year-old male who was born in Burma and is now a naturalized U.S. citizen.He is a known political activist, and on 3 September 2009 he flew into Rangoon on a flight from Bangkok and was arrested by military authorities shortly after landing.During interrogation he was brutally tortured.He is currently on trial for charges related to fraud and of carrying excessive amounts of the Burmese currency into the country.

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Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association hail the release of Thant Zin Soe, the editor of Foreign Affairs Journal, and Paing Soe Oo, a blogger. They were freed with two of their friends on 1 December, after being held for a month and a half.
A member for a citizens’ network called Lin Let Kye, Paing Soe Oo was arrested at his home in Dagon Seikkan, near Rangoon, on 27 October. The police who arrested him confiscated notes that contained the names of other members of the group.
Thant Zin Soe and another journalist, Nyi Nyi Htun, were among those arrested on suspicion of belonging to the network.
5.January Another 20-year prison term for undercover reporter Hla Hla Win
Hla Hla Win, believed to be a video reporter for an exile based news agency currently being held in Pakokku prison, and her co-accused in the same case Myint Naing, were given additional 20 and 25 year prison sentences respectively on December 31st.

They were charged under the Electronic Act and for another political case which has yet to be made public.

Hla Hla Win and her host Myint Naing were arrested on September 11th last year on their way back from Pakokku Sasana Wapuula Yama Pali Tekkatho (Ah Nauk Tike) in Magwe Division, where Hla Hla Win interviewed local monks. The Pakokku Township court gave them a 7 year prison sentence each on October 6th under section 51 of Export Import Act for using an illegally imported motorcycle.
Appalling 20-year jail sentence for Democratic Voice of Burma video reporter

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Fifteen political activists from three townships in Mandalay Division, who were held in Obo prison in Mandalay for three months, were given various prison sentences ranging from two years to 71 years on 30 December by a court sitting inside the prison.
Myo Han (Myingyan) was charged in 10 cases and sentenced to 51 years in prison. His elder sister saw him on January 6 but she was not allowed to speak to her brother freely,” a source close to the family member said.

Myo Han was given 15 years in prison with cases under the Electronic Act, nine years with three cases under Unlawful Associations Act, two years for inciting people against state security, 14 years with two cases under Printing and Publishing Act, eight years in the with Associations Act and three years under the Television Act, he said quoting his lawyer Myint Thwin.

The rest of the activists, U Nandawuntha a.k.a. Aung Naing Oo from Myingyan was sentenced to 71 years, Dr. Wint Thu was given 28 years, Kyi Soe 22 years, Soe Phyo Yarzar Soe 14 years, Hla Myo Kyaw 14 years, Ko Ko Naing 28 years, Than Htike Aung 35 years and Wei Phyo 11 years respectively.
Three activists sentenced to three years each 13.january 2010
The defendants, members of the humanitarian committee of Burma’s main opposition party, National League for Democracy (NLD), were charged with unlawful association and handed three year sentences with hard labor by the Insein Township court, according to their lawyer, Kyaw Hoe, who was present at the court session on Wednesday.

Shwe Joe, a resident of Hlaing Township, Sein Hlaing, a resident of San Chaung Township, and Ma Cho of Ahlone Township were accused of communicating with the NLD in exile and accepting cash from an individual named Sein Hlaing in the amount of 15 million kyat (USD 15,000).

Kyaw Hoe said the trial took no civilian testimony and that no evidence was provided in support of the guilty charge, a verdict based solely on the police testimony.


January 14, 2010
Efforts by the Burmese authorities to suppress and clampdown on dissent is in full force after a young Buddhist Monk in Mon State came under immediate suspicion for owning a laptop and was targeted for allegedly taking part in an anti-2010 election campaign. The monk was arrested on January 7 and subjected to brutal torture which sent him to the hospital for emergency treatment, a Mon monk who recently arrived at the border area said.

“His computer presumed to have disseminating information along with digital images were seized and is now in the hands of the SPDC’s security intelligence,” the young monk said who requested anonymity for fear of arrest. “I just heard he was disrobed and immediately brought to Rangoon from Moulmein (the capital of Mon state) for further investigation,” he added.

Another source reported a young man, Kyaik Soi from Mutdon Village of Chaung Zon Township in Biluu Kyun was also arrested by local police on January 11, 2010 followed the forced investigation of the monk.

Nai Ajjae, 28, was on the way to a funeral service of Krein Kreik of Zopbu (Thanbyuzayat in Burmese) Township, Mon State, when he was arrested by the military’s security intelligence and hauled into their office along with his computer and camera in hand for questioning. He was planning to take photographs of the Buddhist Monk funeral ceremony, the most famous ceremony to be held in a long time in the township.
[AHRC Open Letter] BURMA_ Extensive Use of Torture by Police in Recent Cases 18.January 2010

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Eight charged for Sept 2007 activities-include four monk and a school teacher
21.January 2010
Lawyer Kyaw Ho, who is representing two of the men, Thandar Htun and Ko Nyo, said that all eight were charged under the Unlawful Associations Act and the Immigration Act, which together carry a maximum seven-year sentence.
The other defendants are Ye Myint, U Yaywata, U Kawthita, U Withudi, U Waryama and Kyaw Khin.
“They were…[accused] of having contacts with the All Burma Monks Association and the Generation Wave [activist groups], and also charged under the Immigration Act for illegally crossing border to meet with those groups,” said Kyaw Ho.
He added there was “no legitimacy” in making his clients, who were arrested in their hometown of Mandalay, stand trial in Rangoon.
DVB reporter Ngwe Soe Lin sentenced to 13 years
“Ngwe Soe Lin was yesterday given ten years in prison under the Electronic Act and another three years under the Immigration Act’s section 13(1),” his sister-in-law, Aye Mee San, told Mizzima.

Aung Thein, a legal counsel of the accused, said, “We heard that he was interrogated and sentenced to imprisonment yesterday at about 4 p.m. with cases charged under section 33(a) of the Electronic Act and section 13(1) of the Immigration Emergency Provisions Act. He was given a total prison term of 13 years.”

Ngwe Soe Lin, a DVB video reporter, was honored with the the Rory Peck Award for his work in documenting orphan victims of Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in the first week of May 2008. The London-based Rory Peck Trust seeks recipients from across the world based on bravery in covering news. The award is named after British reporter Rory Peck, who was killed by a gunman while reporting from Moscow, Russia, in October 1993. Friends and his wife established the trust in 1995.
Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi refused the regime’s offer to “sign a 401
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Free DVB Journalists Campaign

January 29, 2010
Rangoon Insein jail’s special court handed down a 13-year sentence to a journalist of Democratic Voice of Burma, Ngwe Soe Lin, also known as Tun Kyaw, on 27 January. He was charged under Electronics and Immigration Acts. The Burmese authorities arrested him on 26 June 2009 in Rangoon and detained him at Aung Thabye interrogation centre.
Ngwe Soe Lin played a vital role in recording the lives of children left orphaned by Cyclone Nargis in 2008. His video records were turned into a documentary, ‘Orphans of Burma’s Cyclone’, and it was aired on Channel 4 in the UK and several countries. Along with another DVB journalist named Zoro, he won the 2009 Rory Peck award for best documentary – recognising his brave efforts to reveal the truth.
Ngwe Soe Linn is the second DVB journalist given jail term within a month. On 30 December 2009, DVB journalist, Hla Hla Win was sentenced to 27 years in jail. She and another DVB correspondent named Win Maw, were awarded Kenji Nagai memorial award 2010.
DVB is initiating a campaign for the release of all its journalists languishing in jails, with the cooperation of international journalist and human rights organizations.
February 1, 2010
The overseas Mon coordinating body has called for the release of a Mon Buddhist monk from a Burmese military interrogation center in Yangon. Rev. Ajjae was arrested on January 7, 2010 in Thanbyuzayat town, Mon State, and accused of organizing an anti-election campaign. Following his arrest he was reportedly to have been tortured in a detention centre in Yangon.

The Overseas Mon Coordinating Committee (OMCC) issued a statement on January 27 condemning the Burmese military regime for disrobing and torturing the Mon monk.

A relative of the monk’s said to Kaowao that his family fears for his life after the Burmese authorities refused to inform the family on Nai Ajjae’s condition and his whereabouts.
10 February 2010

Dear All

Burmese American citizen, Kyaw Zaw Lwin (aka Ko Nyi Nyi Aung), was sentenced to five years imprisonment this morning. He has been sentenced to three years under section 468 of the Penal Code and to one year under Section 24 of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act and one year under Section 6(3) of the Residents of Burma Registration Rule. A known political activist, he was arrested on 3 September 2009 by authorities at Rangoon’s international airport shortly after arriving on a flight from Bangkok. His trial took place in a special closed court session inside Insein Prison. The sentencing judge was U Nyo Tun. Ko Nyi Nyi Aung was represented by High Court Advocates Kyi Win and Nyan Win, the two lawyers who also represent 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Detail profile >>> Updated on 8 Dec, 2009 pdf


Kyaw Zaw Lwin is a 40-year-old male who was born in Burma and is now a naturalized U.S. citizen. During interrogation he was brutally tortured and during his detention went on hunger strike to protest over prisoners’ rights.

* Penal Code, Section 468 – Forgery: Forgery of purpose of cheating (3 years max.)

* Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, Section 24 – For possession of Burmese currency exceeding value of $US2000

Naw Ohn Hla, three others get two years in prison
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 00:42
Kyaw Hoe said he would file an appeal against the verdict handed down to Naw Ohn Hla (Hmaw Bi), Myint Myint San (Dallah Township), Cho Cho Lwin (Thingangyun) and Cho Cho Aye a.k.a. Ma Cho (South Dagon).


Charity Monk Jailed
Feb 19, 2010 (DVB)–A Buddhist monk arrested last year at Rangoon’s international airport was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment by the Rangoon western district court on Wednesday.

Venerable U Gawthita of Nga Htat Gyi Leikpyakan monastery in Bahan township was arrested on 26 August after returning from a missionary tour in Taiwan.
“He was arrested with seven other monks… and sentenced under the emergency immigration act, unlawful association act and for keeping foreign currency,” a lawyer Aung Thein said.
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-New fraudulent criminal case lodged against released human rights defeender Ma Sandar

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Kyaw Myo Naing the youth in-charge 2 (Tarmway Township), was sentenced to two years by the Bahan Township court last year. Now he has been sentenced to two more years by Tarmway court.

A relative of Kyaw Myo Naing told Mizzima, “His case was heard in the Tarmway court and he was sentenced two more years according to Act 17 (1). Moreover, he will be charged with the Electronic Act 33 (A) in the Tarmway court on April 9.–fresh-sentence-for-nld-youth-leader-.html

NLD member ‘attacked by junta thugs’

Chit Tin, an member of the opposition party’s Yay town wing, sustained injuries to the head after being attacked on 3 April whilst watching football on television in a teashop in Yay. Chit Tin alleges that the attacker was a member of government-proxy Swan Arr Shin group.

“I was watching a football match at the teashop and someone hit me with a stool from behind,” said Chit Tin. “The attackers name is Htay Aung; he’s a Swan Arr Shin member. I immediately went to the local authorities and filed a charge but they told me to go to the police instead so I went. The attacker went gone into hiding after the charge was made.”

He added that the order was handed down by Ngwe Aung and Myat Moe, two local members of the USDA, a government backed social organisation.‘attacked-by-junta-thugs’/8915

Amnesty International (AI) issued a statement on Wednesday urging Burma’s authorities to treat 88 Generation Students group leader Mya Aye who is reportedly in very poor health in Taunggyi prison.

AI said that 44-year old Mya Aye is suffering from angina, which is a serious heart condition, as well as hypertension, high blood pressure and gastric problems that have worsened in recent months. The statement said he has not received adequate medical treatment in prison.

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ရန္ကုန္ျမိဳ႔ စမ္းေခ်ာင္းၿမိဳ႕နယ္ေန ကိုျဖဳိးေဝေအာင္ (ခ) မိုဟာမက္ယွာဗန္ အသက္ ၃၁ ႏွစ္ကို  ဗံုးေပါက္ကြဲမႈျဖစ္ပြားျပီး တပတ္အၾကာတြင္ ဖမ္းမိျခင္းျဖစ္သည္ဟု ေနျပည္ေတာ္ ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႔ဌာနခ်ဳပ္၌ ယေန႔ျပဳလုပ္ေသာ သတင္းစာရွင္းလင္းပြဲတြင္ ရဲခ်ဳပ္ခင္ရီက ေျပာဆိုသြားသည္။ဧျပီလ ၁၅ ရက္ေန႔က X20 သႀကၤန္ေရကစားမ႑ပ္ေရွ႕တြင္ လက္ပစ္ဗံုး၃ လံုးကို VBSW အဖြဲ႔ဝင္ ၃ဦးက ေဖာက္ခြဲခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္ျပီး ကိုျဖိဳးေဝေအာင္မွာ ပတ္ဝန္းက်င္ အေျခအေနကို အကဲခတ္ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေပးခဲ့သည္ဟု ရဲခ်ဳပ္ခင္ရီ က ေျပာသည္။ရဲ၏ထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္တြင္ သားသမီး ၂ ဦး ဖခင္ ကိုျဖိဳးေဝေအာင္မွာ AGTI (EP)ဘြဲ႔ရျဖစ္ျပီး ၂ဝဝ၉  ခုႏွစ္ ေႏွာင္းပိုင္းတြင္ ထိုင္းနုိင္ငံ မဲေဆာက္ၿမိဳ႕ရွိ VBSW အဖြဲ႔ထံ ၂ ၾကိမ္သြားေရန္ကုန္ဗံုး-စ%E1%80%BCမ္းအား%E1%80%BBမ%E1%82%87/

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New Delhi (Mizzima) – Khantee prison political prisoner and student activist Di Nyein Lin is suffering from eye disease, his mother, who was permitted to see him on May 3, said.

A leader of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions’ activists during demonstrations led by Buddhist monks in 2007 known as the Saffron Revolution, Di Nyein Lin in 2008 was arrested by the junta and placed on a variety of charges, including one of “inducing crime against public tranquility”.

He was sentenced to a total of 15 years and six months in prison in November 2008, two weeks after his father, Zaw Zaw Min, became one of 23 members of the 88 Generation Students jailed for 65 years. His grandfather Saw Win was a member of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s now defunct National League for Democracy (NLD) party who died in prison about 12 years ago.

Rights activist Kyaw Soe, who was arrested during the September 2007 “Saffron Revolution”, on Wednesday morning became the 144th political prisoner to die in a Burmese jail since 1988, after inadequate treatment at a prison hospital in Mandalay Division, a rights group said on Wednesday.

Also known as Kyaw Kyaw Soe and Jeffrey, the 39-year-old member of the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters (HRDP) in Taunggyi, Shan State, died of respiratory and abdominal diseases in Myingyan Prison, said Bo Kyi, joint secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners in Burma (AAPPB), based in Mae Sot, Thailand.

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Meeting for Arrested Monk Ashon Pyinya Sara Foiled by Police

Anti-election monk Okkantha sentenced to 15 years

SEPTEMBER 28, 2010

A Burmese court yesterday sentenced a monk to 15 years in prison after he was arrested last year for taking part in an anti-elections campaign.

Monk Okkantha was tried by the prosecution in a closed court inside Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison. His sentencing coincided with the three-year anniversary of the September 2007 monk-led uprising, which has come to be known as the Saffron Revolution on account of the thousands of saffron-robed monks that took to the streets.

Arakan Monk Ashin Pyinnya Sara Gets 8 Years

Ashin Pyinnya Sara, the monk and researcher of Arakanese history accused of sexual misconduct and other crimes, was sentenced to 8-years, 3 months imprisonment and fined kyat 10,000 (US $10) by Sittwe District Court on Wednesday.

“The court sentenced the ‘Sayadaw’ [a revered monk who is a senior teacher] at 10 a.m. this morning” said Khin Pyi Soe, secretary of the Rakhin Nationals Development Party speaking to The Irrawaddy from Sittwe, capital of Arakan State.

“His lawyer will appeal the conviction,” he said.

ABFSU named the six as technology students Tha Htoo Aung and Zarni Lin; Zin Min Htet, an extra-mural student; Kyaw Thiha and Kyaw Thu Soe, who are studying geography; and economics student Ye Lin Phyo.-ARRESTED

Eleven student activists were arrested last week for distributing leaflets in Rangoon urging an election boycott, according to a leading student group.

Five of the arrested students were later released but the remaining six are still in custody, said spokesman Zarni of the underground All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) on Wednesday.

The ABFSU named the six as technology students Tha Htoo Aung and Zarni Lin; Zin Min Htet, an extra-mural student; Kyaw Thiha and Kyaw Thu Soe, who are studying geography; and economics student Ye Lin Phyo.
They were arrested for distributing the leaflets on the Dagon University campus.

Zarni said the leaflets reminded citizens of their right not to vote and containing the messages: “If you vote the USDP [the junta-backed party], monks and people will be killed again” and “the 2008 constitution and elections guarantee that military rule will be prolonged.”

Zarni told The Irrawaddy the authorities had acted illegally by arresting the students because the election law allowed citizens to refrain from voting.

State media reported in August, however, that anyone who “distracts” the election could face a punishment of up to 20 years imprisonment under the State Emergency Act 3.

Dagon University’s rector, U San, declined to comment on the arrests when The Irrawaddy contacted him on Wednesday. “I don’t have information about it,” he said.

A junior official at the university, however, confirmed the arrests.

Sittwe: Arakanese historian monk Ashion Pyinya Sara was sentenced on Wednesday to eight years and three months in prison by a district court of Sittwe, reported a source close to the monk.

The Sittwe District deputy judge, Daw War War Tun, passed the verdict and sentence at 11 am on Wednesday.

Ashion Pyinya Sara was sentenced to three years for possession of foreign currency under Act 24 (1), three months for possession and distribution of obscene material under Act 295, and two years for insulting the religion under Act 406.

Mon monk Ashin Uk Kong Sah, arrested on January 7th of this year, received a sentence of 15 years in Insein Prison, from the Insein Prison court in Rangoon.

Ashin Uk Kong Sah was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison for violating “Electricity Act”, 4 years for Publication Act and 1 year for disturbing the security and peace of the state.

The broken “Electricity Act” referes to the cache of computers, printers, and hard drives that the defendant had stored in his residence at the time of his arrest.

Daw Khin Htay Kywe, Ashin’s attorney, reported that technically, the court was entitled to mete out a longer sentence comprised of 15 years for Electricity Act, 7 years for Publication Act, and 2 years for disturbing the security and peace of the state, but the original 24 year-long sentence was reduced to a 15 year period.






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