Wednesday, March 12, 2014

BurmaCampaign Digest, Vol 70, Issue 2

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1. Thein Sein Lied - Political Prisoners are Still in Jail (Info)


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Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:06:59 +0000
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Subject: [BurmaCampaign] Thein Sein Lied - Political Prisoners are
Still in Jail
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Dear friend

When Thein Sein, the President of Burma, made his controversial visit to the
UK in 2013, he promised to release all political prisoners by the end of

His promise gained him positive headlines all over the world, and earned him
praise from the British government. At the end of 2013 he did release some
political prisoners, and again got more positive headlines in the media.

But he also decided to leave many political prisoners in jail. There are
still hundreds of people in jail in Burma because of their political
beliefs, religion or ethnicity, and many more who didn?t get fair trials and
may be in jail for political reasons. And activists are still being

It?s time to end the game Thein Sein plays with political prisoners.
Releasing some to get positive publicity, while arresting others to try to
intimidate people who disagree with the government.

Burma Campaign UK is calling for a permanent independent political prisoner
review committee to be set up in Burma. The committee would have the power
to investigate all cases where a person may be in jail because of their
political activities, religion, or ethnicity, and order their release. The
committee should also make recommendations on which laws need to be repealed
so that these people are not arrested and jailed in the first place.

Please email Foreign Secretary William Hague asking him to support a
permanent independent political prisoner review committee in Burma.

Thein Sein made his promise to release all political prisoners because he
was under pressure to do so. Campaigning was working. International pressure
was working. But once he made the promise, the international community
relaxed the pressure.

We need the British government to apply pressure on the government of Burma
to agree to the setting up of a permanent independent political prisoner
review committee.

Take action now. Don?t let any political prisoner be left behind and
forgotten in Burma?s jails. Send an email to William Hague here.

Thank you.

Wai Hnin

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