Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Jailed For Criticising Religious Extremism

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Take action to free Htin Lin Oo! He is a writer jailed for criticising religious extremism in Burma.
Htin Lin Oo at his court hearing
No Political Prisoners must be left behind in Burma's jails!

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.
 
Email Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond urging him to pressure the Burmese government to ensure the immediate release of Htin Lin Oo and the remaining political prisoners in Burma.
 
You can also write a letter to Htin Lin Oo to express your solidarity. Please write to the following address:
 
Htin Lin Oo
C/O The governor of Monywa Prison
Monywa Prison
Sagaing Division
Myanmar
 
An airmail letter from United Kingdom to Myanmar (Burma) costs £2.25.
 
Thank you so much for your support.
Wai Hnin
Burma Campaign UK
 
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