07/18/2018

Urgent Action: FORMER CHILD SOLDIER JAILED AFTER MEDIA INTERVIEW (Myanmar: UA 132.18)


Former child solider Aung Ko Htwe is serving two years and six months in prison in connection with a media interview he gave about his experiences in the Myanmar military. He faces a further three years in prison after he protested his conviction. He should be immediately and unconditionally released.

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Former child solider Aung Ko Htwe is serving two years and six months in prison in connection with a media interview he gave about his experiences in the Myanmar military. He faces a further three years in prison after he protested his conviction. He should be immediately and unconditionally released.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Immediately and unconditionally release Ko Aung Htwe, drop remaining charges against him 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, Ko Aung Htwe is held in conditions which meet international standards, and that he has regular access to family, lawyers of his choosing, and any medical treatment 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 29 August, 2018:
Minister of Home Affairs
Lt. Gen. Kyaw Swe

Minister of Home Affairs
Office No. 10, Nay Pyi Taw
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Fax: +95 67 412 439
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Minister

Ambassador Aung Lynn
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
2300 S St. NW,

Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 332 3344 OR 202 332 4350
Fax: 202 332 4351
Email: [email protected]
Contact form: http://www.mewashingtondc.org/content/contact-us
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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