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1. No Political Prisoner Left Behind - Free Aung Ko Latt (Info)
Date: Fri, 31 May 2013 11:29:16 +0100
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Subject: [BurmaCampaign] No Political Prisoner Left Behind - Free Aung
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No Political Prisoner Left Behind ? Free Aung Ko Latt!
There are still hundreds of political prisoners in Burma?s jails and all the
repressive laws that put them in prison still remain in place.
Aung Ko Latt is a democracy activist and one of hundreds of political
prisoners from Burma who remain in jail. He was arrested in June 2011 and
sentenced to 11 years in prison.
He is a 36-year-old activist who works to promote human rights education by
distributing leaflets and giving talks to people in Burma. He was arrested
in June 2011 with the false accusation of being a member of the Karen
National Union (KNU) and bombing Myoma Market in Naypyidaw. The Karen
National Union is an armed political organisation representing the
aspirations of the Karen people in Burma. The KNU is still banned by the
government of Burma. It has a policy of not targeting civilians.
He was charged with four different counts, including under Article 17/1 of
the Unlawful Association Act and The Explosive Substances Act. The
military-backed government in Burma uses Article 17/1 of the Unlawful
Association Act to ban people from associating with pro-democracy groups. He
was tortured and forced to confess while in detention in Insein Prison where
he was detained for nearly 9 months. In March 2012, he was sentenced to 11
years in prison and he is currently serving his prison sentence in Thayet
Please write to British Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire MP asking him to
take action to secure the immediate release of Aung Ko Latt and for the
release of all of Burma?s remaining political prisoners.
Take action here:
PS: Even if you have written to the Minister before, please write a letter
again for each political prisoner. We need to keep up the pressure.
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