Former child solider Aung Ko Htwe has been acquitted of the latest in a series of charges against him after he gave a media interview about being forcibly recruited by the Myanmar military when he was only 13. Despite this acquittal, he remains in prison serving two years and six months on other politically motivated charges. He should be immediately and unconditionally released.
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
- Immediately and unconditionally release Aung Ko Htwe and quash all convictions for which he is imprisoned, as he is being punished solely for the peaceful exercise of his human rights;
- Ensure that, pending his release, Aung Ko Htwe is held in conditions which meet international standards, and that he has regular access to family, lawyers of his choosing, and any healthcare he requires;
- Repeal or amend all laws – including Section 505(b) of the Penal Code – which criminalize or impose arbitrary or sweeping restrictions on the human right to freedom of expression and bring Myanmar legislation into line with international human rights law and standards.
Contact these two officials by 26 December, 2018:
U Win Myint
President’s Office, Office No. 18
Nay Pyi Taw
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Fax: +95 1 652 624
Salutation: Your Excellency
Ambassador U Aung Lynn
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
2300 S St. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 332 3344 OR 202 332 4350 I Fax: 202 332 4351
Email: [email protected] -OR-
Contact form: https://goo.gl/5eMa54
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
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