Thursday, July 4, 2013

[BurmaCampaign] No Political Prisoner Left Behind, Free Aung Soe!

Dear friends

Take action to free Aung Soe! No Political Prisoners must be left behind in Burma’s jails!
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 Soe is an activist and a political prisoner who was arrested in April 2013 by the military-backed government in Burma. He is a member of the Rangoon Civil Assistance Network that promotes civil rights in the country. He was arrested for his part organising protests with farmers to plough the land which had been confiscated by the Burmese government for the Letpadaung copper mine project.  

The Letpadaung project is a joint venture between China’s Wan Bao Company and the military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings LtdThe project resulted in land confiscations and environmental degradation. Protests started in June 2012 by a group of farmers who demanded compensation for confiscated land and suspension of the activities of this copper mine located in Monywa - central Burma.

Aung Soe was badly beaten when he was arrested in April 2013. He has been charged with 8 different counts, including under Article 144 and section 505(b) of the penal code for committing or inducing others to commit an offense against the State or against the public tranquility.

His trial was closed without any lawyer allowed to defend his case. He was sentenced to one and a half years in prison for 3 different charges and the trial will continue for the remaining 5 charges. He is serving his prison sentences in Shwe Bo prison in central Burma, which is more than 480 miles away from his family in Rangoon.

Please email British Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire MP asking him to take action to secure the immediate release of Aung Soe and for the release of all of Burma’s remaining political prisoners:

You can send an email here:

You can also write a letter to Aung Soe to express your solidarity. Please write to the following address:

Aung Soe
C/O The governor of Shwe Bo Prison
Shwe Bo Prison
Shwe Bo Town
Sagaing Region

An airmail letter posted to Burma from the UK costs £1.88.

Thank you.
Wai Hnin

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