58 STORIES TAGGED ‘POLITICAL PRISONER’

Rights campaigner jailed for peaceful protest

September 9, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

A leading women’s activist has been jailed after leading a peaceful protest against copper mine project, sparking outrage from human rights groups, including Burma Campaign UK. Naw Ohn Hla, a former political prisoner and leading member of the Democracy and Peace Women Ne... Read more ►

Burma Campaign UK: ‘Hundreds’ of political activist still rotting in Burma’s prisons

August 7, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Burma Campaign UK, a prominent rights advocacy group, has accused the President of Burma, U Thein Sein, of keeping hundreds of political prisoners in jail despite his claims of democratic reform and liberalising the country’s political system. The group has highlighted the... Read more ►

Elderly human rights activist jailed, rights groups outraged

August 7, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s government has received harsh criticism for arbitrarily arresting a 74 year-old human rights activist in July and keeping him under arrest despite reports that he is in poor health and cannot get proper medical attention. The elderly man, Kyaw Hla Aung has been in ... Read more ►

President releases 73 political prisoners, but hundreds more await potential prison sentences

July 27, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Burma’s government released 73 prisoners on the 23rd of July, a move welcomed by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). The AAPP is cautious in it’s praise of the current release of political prisoners made by Burma’s government. “Despite the posi... Read more ►

Thein Sein’s pledge to release all political prisoners looks hollow as 74 year-old activist is jailed

July 22, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

A prominent human rights group has called into question President Thein Sein’s recent commitment to clear Burma’s jails of prisoners of conscience by the end of the year, with a human rights activist jailed in Rakhine State the same day the announcement was made. The Ass... Read more ►

Activist jailed for farming on confiscated land and offending ‘Public Tranquility’

July 7, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

A Rangoon based activist was jailed by the government for his role in organizing anti-government protests with farmers, over land confiscated to make way for a copper mine. Burma Campaign UK, a human rights advocacy group based in the United Kingdom, called on the British Go... Read more ►

Activist sentenced to 7 years 6 months for ‘cutting down trees’

May 8, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

A labor activist was jailed for seven years and six months, after being falsely accused of illegally cutting down trees, Burma Campaign UK, a human rights group that focuses on Burma, said. Myint Soe was arrested in March and sentenced to prison after being accused of cuttin... Read more ►

Burma releases protesters but anti-protest laws stay in place

January 21, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Following the release of four protesters last week, an international advocacy group, Burma Campaign UK, called on the Burma government to stop using vague and undemocratic laws to jail its opponents. Burma’s military-backed government released four political prisoners on F... Read more ►

Released Political Prisoners face huge problems

January 21, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, Ko Bo Kyi, a founding member and joint-secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), outlined his concerns over Burma’s on going reform process and the treatment of current and former political prisoners ... Read more ►

Activists: “poverty gap expanding in rural communities…”

December 26, 2012  •  Author: Poe Kwa Lay (KIC)

Ko Nay Myo Zin, who works to help farmers and rural villagers’ fight for the loss of their farmlands and for their rights, spoke publically in Karen State about the poor living conditions that ethnic people are having to endure. Ko Nay Myo Zin who is a former Burma Army of... Read more ►

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