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President U Win Myint
Office No. 18 Nay Pyi Taw
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Fax: +95 1 652 624
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.