Today, the military-backed government in Burma sentenced writer Htin Lin Oo to two years in prison with hard labour for criticising religious extremism in Burma.
Htin Lin Oo is a writer and a former information officer from the National League for Democracy (NLD). On 23rd October 2014, he gave a speech at a literary event in Chaung-U Township in Northern Burma. During his speech he criticised the use of Buddhism to promote discrimination and prejudice in the country.
He was arrested on 4th December 2014 after township officials filed a complaint against him. The NLD removed him from his position as information officer after the criminal charges were filed against him.
After being detained for more than six months, he was sentenced to two years in Monywa Prison in Northern Burma.