Monday, December 2, 2013

BurmaCampaign Digest, Vol 67, Issue 1

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1. Innocent Kachin Farmer Remains In Jail. Free La Ring! (Info)


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Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:12:11 +0000
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Subject: [BurmaCampaign] Innocent Kachin Farmer Remains In Jail. Free
La Ring!
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Dear friend

Take action to free La Ring! No Political Prisoners must be left behind in
Burma?s jails!

La Ring is a 29-year-old ethnic Kachin farmer. In December 2011, he moved to
a refugee camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) to flee from the
conflict area in Northern Burma. He requested permission from a camp
supervisor to work as a herdsman outside the camp in order to earn some
income. He worked as a herdsman together with other people from the same
camp. On 5th June 2012, while they were having a lunch break from work, they
were taken by the Burmese Army 37th battalion for questioning.

His hands were tied behind his back and he was asked to follow the
Lieutenant from the 37th battalion. He was not given any explanation for his
arrest but during interrogation he was accused of being a soldier from the
Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and carrying out bombing operations near
Myitkyina. The KIA is the armed wing of the Kachin Independence
Organisation, which works for democracy and more autonomy for the Kachin

He was brutally tortured and forced to make a false confession about his
connections with the KIA and different bombings in the area. During
interrogation, he was repeatedly kicked, beaten, and a wooden stick was put
on his shin while two soldiers stepped on each side.

He was charged under Article 17/1 of the Unlawful Association Act and he was
detained for more than a year. On 15th November 2013, he was sentenced to 2
years in jail. At his trial, La Ring said he is just a refugee and he had
never worked with the KIA.

Please write to Foreign Secretary William Hague, urging the UK government to
take action for the release of La Ring and all political prisoners in Burma.

You can also write a letter to La Ring to express your solidarity. Please
write to:
La Ring
C/O The governor of Myitkyina Prison

Myitkyina Prison

Myitkyina Town

Kachin State


Thank you.

Wai Hnin

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