Jailed For Calling Themselves Rohingya
The military-backed government in Burma arrested Rohingya community leaders, Ba Thar, Kyaw Khin, Kyaw Myint and Hla Myint for calling themselves Rohingya.
Ba Thar, Kyaw Khin Kyaw Myint and Hla Myint were arrested in April 2013 for taking part in a community protest against the government-led population registration exercise. The population registering exercise did not allow members of the community to identify as Rohingya, and protests forced the government to suspend the registration exercise.
The community leaders were falsely accused of using violence during the protest. They have been targeted by the military-backed government because they are influential Rohingya community leaders calling for the recognition of the Rohingya identity.
They were charged under Section 147 of the Penal Code of “rioting”, Section 333 of “causing voluntary grievous hurt to a public servant in the discharge of his duty”, and Section 395 of “banditry”
On 3rd March 2015, the Rakhine State Divisional Court sentenced Ba Thar, Kyaw Myint and Hla Myint to 8 years imprisonment. Kyaw Khin was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. They are all serving their prison sentences in Sittwe prison.
Please email the High Representative of European External Action Service, Federica Mogherini, to call for the reform of the Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee, and the immediate release of Ba Thar, Kyaw Myint, Hla Myint and all remaining political prisoners in Burma.
You can also write a letter to Ba Thar, Kyaw Myint, Hla Myint and Kyaw Khin to express your solidarity. Please write to the following address:
Ba Thar C/O The governor of Sittwe Prison Sittwe Prison Rakhine State Myanmar
Kyaw Myint C/O The governor of Sittwe Prison Sittwe Prison Rakhine State Myanmar
Hla Myint C/O The governor of Sittwe Prison Sittwe Prison Rakhine State Myanmar
Kyaw Khin C/O The governor of Sittwe Prison Sittwe Prison Rakhine State Myanmar