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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Arrested today: Former Political Prisoner Nilar Thein. Take Action

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Take action to free Nilar Thein! No Political Prisoners must be left behind in Burma's jails!



Today, high profile activist Nilar Thein was arrested for allegedly supporting student protests against the controversial National Education Bill last year. She is currently being detained in Insein Prison while her trial continues. 
 
Nilar Thein is one of the prominent leaders of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society Group and a former political prisoner. She was previously arrested in 2008 and sentenced for 65 years in prison. She was released in 2012, and has continued her political activities.   
 
In January 2015, students began marching between Mandalay and Rangoon, demanding changes to a new education law which increases government control over how they are taught in Universities, and which discriminates against teaching in the languages of Burma's many ethnic groups. They were supported by students protesting right across the country.
 
Protesters were brutally beaten and arrested by the police. There are more than 80 student protesters currently on trial while remaining in detention.
 
Please email the Minister of Home Affairs, Lt General Ko Ko, urging him to ensure the immediate release of Nilar Thein and all the remaining political prisoners.
 
You can also write a letter to Nilar Thein to express your solidarity. Please write to the following address:
 
Nilar Thein
C/O U Kyaw Htay, The governor of Insein Prison
Insein Prison
Yangon
Myanmar
 
Airmail letter postal cost: From United Kingdom to Myanmar (Burma) will cost £2.25.
 
Thank you.
Wai Hnin
Burma Campaign UK
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As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,

As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,
"Justice is a dream. But it is a dream we are determined to realize."