On 15th May, the military-backed government in Burma sentenced a prominent woman activist, Naw Ohn Hla, to 4 years and 4 months in prison with hard labour, just for taking part in a peaceful protest. The protesters were urging the Burmese government to investigate the death of a fellow protester in 2014.
On 30th December 2014, Naw Ohn Hla and her fellow activists were arrested for protesting outside the Chinese Embassy in Rangoon. The protesters were urging the government in Burma to carry out an investigation into the death of Khin Win.
Khin Win was shot dead on 22 December 2014 when police opened fire on her and other protesters who were protesting against land being taken over for the Letpadaung copper mine project in Sagaing region.
Naw Ohn Hla has been arrested and jailed numerous times for her political activities. We have had to campaign for her release in the past. She is currently serving her prison sentence in Insein Prison in Rangoon.