11/22/2019

Urgent Action Update: Further Prison Sentences for “Peacock Generation” (Myanmar: UA 147.19)


Six members of the Peacock Generation, a satirical poetry troupe in Myanmar, have been sentenced to one year in prison for a performance criticizing the military. A seventh group member was acquitted of the charge and released. Five of this group of seven are already serving prison sentences for a similar, separate performance. All seven members are facing further charges – and possible prison sentences – for their peaceful activities, including for livestreaming their performances. The six detainees are prisoners of conscience who should be immediately and unconditionally released.

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President U Win Myint
President’s Office,
Office No. 18 Nay Pyi Taw
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Fax: +95 1 652 624
Ambassador U Aung Lynn
Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
2300 S St. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 332 3344 | 4350
Fax: 202 332 4351
Email: [email protected] [email protected]
Contact form: https://goo.gl/5eMa54
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear President U Win Myint

I am writing to express my concern regarding the new convictions and ongoing prosecution against members of the Peacock Generation, a Thangyat, or satirical poetry troupe, for their peaceful performances of the time-honored traditional art form. Amnesty International considers them to be prisoners of conscience, jailed for solely expressing their human right to freedom of expression, and I urge you to ensure their immediate and unconditional release.

All seven members had been detained in Insein prison since their arrests in April and May 2019. It is of grave concern to me that Myanmar authorities have yet to abolish or amend repressive laws and instead continue targeting peaceful critics, activists, and human rights defenders through arbitrary arrest and prosecutions.

I therefore urge you to immediately and unconditionally release all jailed members of the Peacock Generation, quash their convictions, and drop further charges against them and other members who are facing imprisonment solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression; ensure that, pending their release, members of the Peacock Generation are held in conditions which meet international standards, and that they have regular access to family, lawyers of their choosing, and any healthcare they require; repeal or amend laws that arbitrarily restrict the right to freedom of expression, including Section 505(a) of the Penal Code and 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Act, to bring them into line with international human rights law and standards.

Yours sincerely,

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