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1. A Prominent Woman Activist Jailed for Leading a Peaceful
Date: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:06:58 +0100
From: Info <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [BurmaCampaign] A Prominent Woman Activist Jailed for Leading
a Peaceful Protest
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Take action to free Naw Ohn Hla! 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. Despite the
talk of reform from President Thein Sein, he still keeps hundreds of
political prisoners in jail and more activists are being arrested.
Take action here
Naw Ohn Hla is a former political prisoner and a leading member of the
Democracy and Peace Women Network, which campaigns for women?s rights,
equality and democracy in Burma. She is an outspoken activist and well known
for holding weekly prayer protests at the Shwedagon Pagoda from 2004 until
she was arrested for taking part in the Saffron revolution in 2007.
On 13th August 2013, Naw Ohn Hla and her supporters were arrested for
staging an unauthorised protest against the Letpadaung copper mine project.
Naw Ohn Hla went ahead with the protest after being refused nine times by
the police for a protest permit.
The Letpadaung project is a venture between China?s Wan Bao Company, the
military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd and the Burmese
government. It has resulted in land confiscations, environmental
degradation, and the implementation of a policy of arresting and harassing
Naw Ohn Hla was charged under Article 18(b) of the Peaceful Assembly and
Peaceful Procession Law 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. She was sentenced to 2 years in prison under Section
505(b) and her trial continues for a remaining charge. She is serving her
prison sentence in Monywa prison in Central Burma while awaiting her trial.
Please email British Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire MP asking him to
take action to secure the immediate release of Naw Ohn Hla and for the
release of all of Burma?s remaining political prisoners.
Take action here
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