58 STORIES TAGGED ‘POLITICAL PRISONER’

Writer Gets Two-Years Hard Labor for Criticizing Religious Extremism

June 4, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

On Tuesday, the Burma government handed down a two year jail sentence to writer, Htin Lin Oo for criticizing religious extremism in a speech. The Burma Campaign UK in a media statement, urged the British “Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to pressure the Burmese government ... Read more ►

MAY DAY: Labor Activists Still In Jail For Demanding A $1 Pay Rise

May 1, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma government continued its crackdown on political activists with the February arrest of two union leaders who demanded a $1 pay rise for garment workers. The Burma Campaign UK, on the eve of May Day, called for the “immediate and unconditional release of two union ... Read more ►

Pro-democracy Groups Demand Urgent Reform of Govt’s ‘Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee’

April 25, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

To commemorate the first anniversary of the death of U Win Tin, 21 pro-democracy organizations called for Burma’s Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee to be reformed. In a statement the groups said that 21st April, “people around the world will be wearing a blue shi... Read more ►

Campaign Aims to Highlight Ongoing Human Rights Plight in Burma

February 8, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

A campaign by the Burma Campaign UK is trying to highlight ongoing human rights abuses in Burma. To make its point, Burma Campaign has delivered more than 2,000 rose-tinted glasses, and issued photo petitions to the British Foreign Office to put pressure on the British gover... Read more ►

Burma Campaign UK: Call for the Release of Political Activist, Sein Than

February 6, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma Campaign UK has launched a campaign calling for the release of a Burmese political activist, Sein Than, currently serving a two-year prison sentence for leading peaceful protests to support people demanding compensation or return of their land confiscated by the go... Read more ►

Former Political Prisoners Counsel Burma’s Victims of Torture

September 18, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Student activist, Saw Thet Thun was arrested twice – in 1991 and 1999 – spending nearly 20 years in prison, he was released in 2007. Saw Thet Thun recalls some of the horrors he and fellow prisoners faced in those years. “The biggest hardship was being tortured... Read more ►

Political Prisoner Group Alleges Burma Govt Using Criminal Laws to Jail “Political Activists”

September 1, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) criticized the Burma government for failing to keep it’s promise to release all political prisoners, expressing concerns that the number of political prisoners in Burma, following a Presidential amnesty in 2012, is ... Read more ►

Jailing of Journalists “Reminiscent of the Press Oppression Seen Under the Military Junta”

July 20, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners has said in a statement that Burma’s government is suppressing the country’s press in ways reminiscent of the country’s previous military dictatorship. The AAPP statement referred to the sentencing of five journalists ... Read more ►

UN:Detention of Kachin Activist, Brang Yung, ‘Illegal’…

July 18, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A United Nations working group warns that the detention of an ethnic Kachin activist is illegal. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an official ruling that the 21-year prison sentence of the ethnic Kachin activist, Brang Yung, is illegal and deman... Read more ►

Journalists Jailing a ‘Dark Day’ for Freedom of Expression In Burma

July 15, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Five journalists from Burma’s Unity Journal have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for ‘disclosing state secrets,’ – Amnesty International warned that it was a “dark day for freedom of expression” in Burma. The five Unity Journal journalists were arrested ... Read more ►

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