58 STORIES TAGGED ‘POLITICAL PRISONER’

Release of Reuters Journalists Welcomed, But Local Journalists Still Threatened, Harassed and Restricted

May 9, 2019  •  Author: Karen News

The two Myanmar based Reuters journalists, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, charged under and jailed for breaking the country’s Official Secrets Act were released from prison after spending 500 days behind bars. The two journalists convicted in September 2018 and sentence... Read more ►

Burma Keeping Political Prisoners Lock Up

April 25, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Burma Campaign UK, a human rights advocacy group has called for the release of U Gambira, a prominent political activist arrested in January, and “all the remaining political prisoners in Burma. U Gambira was arrested on January 19th this year while visiting Burma from... Read more ►

HRW Praise Government’s Release of Political Prisoners, but Warns, Constitution Needs Amending to Remove Jail Threat to Peaceful Political Activists

April 12, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Human Rights Watch praised Burma’s newly elected government for quickly putting into action the release of the country’s political prisoners. In a statement to the media Human Rights Watch said that “the new Burmese government, led by the National League for Democracy... Read more ►

Burmese Courts Free Student Activists After Suu Kyi Makes Political Prisoners a NLD Priority

April 9, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A Burmese court on Friday released 69 political prisoners on Friday. The jailed student activists were freed following Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s promise on Thursday that a priority of her National League of Democracy government would be the release of activists and political ... Read more ►

Naw Ohn Hla’s Jailing Highlights Ongoing Suppression of Political Dissent, Human Rights Organisation Claims

March 15, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

In spite of recent reforms and the release of political prisoners, the numbers still in jail in Burma are significant, a human rights advocacy organisation based in the United Kingdom has said. Burma Campaign UK, said it had launched a campaign to highlight the issue of poli... Read more ►

BURMA: Number of Politically Motivated Arrests on the Rise, says Asian Human Rights Commission

March 1, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A report by the Asian Human Rights Commission warns of a rise in the number of politically motivated arrests. The AHRC welcomed the prospect of the newly elected NLD led civilian government, but pointed to Burma’s ongoing human rights violations. “Despite the historic el... Read more ►

Release of Political Prisoners Welcomed, but “Revolving Door” of Arrests Continues, Burma Campaign UK Warns

January 26, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A human rights advocacy groups called for caution as Burma’s government released 52 political prisoners, stating that the situation is like a “revolving door” with hundreds still awaiting trial and fresh arrests. Burma’s government released 52 political prisoners thi... Read more ►

Government Continues to Arrest Political Dissidents

October 11, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Human Rights organisations have expressed growing alarm over the Burma Government continuing to use draconian legislation to imprison political opponents. A report by Fortify Rights and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic found that police used unwarrant... Read more ►

Jailed Land Rights Activists Are ‘Political Prisoners’, says Human Rights Watch

August 16, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of land rights activists across Burma forms a new wave of prisoners of conscience, Human Rights Watch has said in a report damning of the government. The human rights organisation pointed to the arrest of a prominent land rights campaign... Read more ►

Number of Political Prisoners Released since 2014 ‘disappointing’ amid new ‘crackdown’ on dissidents

August 2, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The number of political prisoners that have been released since 2014 is incredibly low given the number of overall prisoners released during that same period, an organisation representing political prisoners has said. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma... Read more ►

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