Democracy activists remain in prison

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WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY 2012 00:00MIZZIMA NEWS

Burma Campaign UK (BCUK) has urged the British government to push the military-backed government in Burma to investigate the numbers of remaining political prisoners in Burma.

The unconditional release of all political prisoners is an essential step towards genuine democracy and freedom in Burma, the BCUK said in a statement.

“Regardless of the changes in Burma, all the repressive laws, which enabled the jailing of political prisoners, still remain in place,” it said. “A joint domestic and international board must be formed with the involvement of the U.N. to investigate how many political prisoners remain in Burma’s jails.”

To remember those who still remain in jail, Burma Campaign UK is highlighting the case of a different political prisoner each month.

This month the political prisoner is Aye Aung, who was sent to prison for 59 years in 1998 for his part distributing leaflets and taking part in peaceful demonstrations asking for education policies in Burma.

Aye Aung, a 36-year-old student who was studying Physics in Dagon University in Rangoon, was a member of the Reform Committee of Dagon University Students’ Union. He was actively involved in motivating students for their rights and education in the country, the statement said.

He was one of the students who took part in the 1996 student uprising and the 1998 student movement in Burma. He was arrested in 1998 and charged with five different counts, including violation of the Sate Emergency and Provision Act 5(j).

“If president Thein Sein is a genuine reformer, he will have no problem of investigating how many democracy activists remain in jails. Peace and national reconciliation cannot be achieved in Burma until the day we see every single activist walk free from jail,” said the BCUK.

For more information, go to
http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/index.php/campaigns/actions/free-political-prisoners/no-political-prisoner-left-behind

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