quinta-feira, 4 de abril de 2013

Aung Naing

Aung Naing is an activist from Burma, and he is a son of Kyaw Min, who is a former political prisoner. In 1999, Aung Naing was arrested for his involvement in a student protest the previous year. When he was arrested, he was held in an interrogation centre for two weeks and his family only found out his whereabouts a month after his arrest. He was falsely accused of possessing drugs and charged under the Narcotics Act. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison with hard labour in Insein Prison.
In 2005, his family members, including his father, were arrested and Aung Naing was put on trial again along with his family. They all were charged with two counts including under Section 5(j) of the 1950 Emergency Provisions Act for carrying out political activities in the country.

They were also charged under Section 18 of the 1982 Citizenship Law with the accusation of obtaining Burmese citizenship and concealing their Rohingya origins. The entire family is from the Rohingya ethnic minority group. The Citizenship Law introduced by General Ne Win in 1982 is not compatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or with Burma’s legal obligations under international treaties. It arbitrarily stripped many people in Burma of the right to citizenship.

According to the verdict from the 2005 trial, 17 more years were added to Aung Naing’s existing 26-year prison sentence. However, due to a Presidential amnesty, Aung Naing received a reduction on his prison sentence to 17 years. His family were released in 2012 but he still remains in jail. According to his family members, he has been suffering from heart problems and he urgently needs an eye operation. His sister Wai Wai said, “He had surgery in his both eyes but not cure yet. Doctor said he would lose his eye sight unless he has another surgery.”

Please take action for the release of Aung Naing and the remaining political prisoners in Burma.

Email Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire, urging the UK government to take action to ensure the immediate release of all political prisoners.

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