Urgent Action: Health Concern For Prisoner Of Conscience (Myanmar: UA 281/16)

Urgent Action
December 9, 2016
Aung Win Hlaing, a member of the National Democratic Force party in Myanmar, has been sentenced to nine months in prison for a Facebook post critical of the President. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Aung Win Hlaing, aka Anyar Thar, a member of the National Democratic Force (NDF) was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment on 23 September 2016 by the Myawaddy Township Court in Kayin State, south eastern Myanmar. He was charged under article 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Law for a Facebook post calling Myanmar’s new President, Htin Kyaw, an “idiot” and “crazy” after his decision to abolish a township level committee which Aung Win Hlaing chaired. The complaint was brought by a local member of the President’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).
There are concerns for the health of Aung Win Hlaing, who has been in Taung Kalay prison in Hpa-An, the capital of Kayin State, since his arrest on 18 August 2016. His family, who have visited him in prison, fear that the prison hospital may not be able to provide him with the adequate medical treatment he requires. Aung Win Hlaing has a pre-existing kidney condition and, since his detention, has developed a skin disease seemingly due to poor hygiene.
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet calling on the Myanmar Authorities to:
  • Immediately and unconditionally release Aung Win Hlaing;
  • Ensure that, pending his release, Aung Win Hlaing is provided with adequate medical care and has access to his family and a lawyer of his choice;
  • Amend the 2013 Telecommunications Law, in a genuinely open and participatory process, to ensure that it complies with international human rights law and standards to not allow criminal sanctions for defamation.

Contact these two officials by 20 January, 2017:

U Htin Kyaw
President’s Office
Office No.18
Nay Pyi Taw
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Fax: +95 1 652 624
Salutation: Your Excellency
Ambassador H.E U Kyaw Myo Htut
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
2300 S St. NW, Washington DC 20008
Fax: 1 202 332 4351 I Phone: 1 202 332 3344
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
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