Sunday, July 19, 2015

Help the campaign to release Rohingya Community leaders


Burma Campaign, UK has put up a petition to release Rohingya community leaders Ba Thar, Kyaw Khin, Kyaw Myint and his son Hla Myint who have been sentenced for up to 8 years in prison – just for calling themselves Rohingya.

Last year, because of massive campaign globally, the Myanmar government freed Rohingya community leaders Dr Tun Aung and Kyaw Hla Aung. Now these four men need your help.


Here is the petition from Burma Campaign, UK. Please, sign it.
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Rohingya community leaders in Burma have often been imprisoned for calling for the recognition of the Rohingya identity.

Ba Thar, Kyaw Khin, Kyaw Myint and Hla Myint were arrested in April 2013 for taking part in a community protest against a government-led population registration exercise. This did not allow members of the community to identify as Rohingya, and protests forced the government to suspend the registration exercise.

The three community leaders were falsely accused of using violence during the protest. They have been targeted by the military-backed government because they are influential Rohingya community leaders calling for the recognition of the Rohingya identity.
 
They were charged under Section 147 of the Penal Code of “rioting”, Section 333 of “causing voluntary grievous hurt to a public servant in the discharge of his duty”, and Section 395 of “banditry”.


On 3rd March 2015, the Rakhine State Divisional Court sentenced Ba Thar, Kyaw Myint and Hla Myint to 8 years imprisonment. Kyaw Khin was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. They are all serving their prison sentences in Sittwe prison.


Please email the High Representative of European External Action Service, Federica Mogherini, to call for the reform of the Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee, and the immediate release of Ba Thar, Kyaw Myint, Hla Myint and all remaining political prisoners in Burma.


You can also write a letter to Ba Thar, Kyaw Myint, Hla Myint and  Kyaw Khin to express your solidarity. Please write to the following address:
Ba Thar
C/O The governor of Sittwe Prison
Sittwe Prison
Rakhine State
Myanmar
Kyaw Myint
C/O The governor of Sittwe Prison
Sittwe Prison
Rakhine State
Myanmar
Hla Myint
C/O The governor of Sittwe Prison
Sittwe Prison
Rakhine State
Myanmar
Kyaw Khin
C/O The governor of Sittwe Prison
Sittwe Prison
Rakhine State
Myanmar

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