Tin Maung Kyi was released from Insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, on 29 March 2019 after having served six months and two days in prison. Arrested on 28 September 2018 for staging a peaceful solo protest calling on the international community to arrest senior Myanmar generals, he was sentenced on 11 February 2019 under Article 505(b) of Myanmar’s Penal Code and Article 20 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act (the Peaceful Assembly Act). The maximum sentence he could have received was two years and one month in prison.
Sentenced to a total of six months and 15 days in prison – six months for the former charge and 15 days for the latter charge – he was released early after receiving several sentence deductions, including for good behavior.
Tin Maung Kyi should have never been imprisoned for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and Amnesty International continues to campaign for the release of all prisoners of conscience.