Monday, June 16, 2014

Dr. Tun Aung to now serve a reduced sentence in Myanmar prison

The Amnesty International has confirmed that Dr Tun Aung, a political prisoner of conscience in Myanmar, has been granted several reductions to his original sentence of 17 years. According to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) now has one year and one month left to serve in prison.

While we are all glad to learn that Dr. Tun Aung - a family man, doctor, and community leader amongst the Rohingyas of Burma - will serve a much reduced sentence we should not forget that his imprisonment was a crime that was committed by the Myanmar government. He should not have served a single day in the Burmese prison. He has already served two years in the prison for no crime except for being a Rohingya.

Dr. Tun Aung is in poor health. The government should release him immediately.  If not released soon, he may die inside the prison for which the Myanmar regime will ever be held responsible.

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