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Nilar Thein Back in Jail

By Burma Campaign UK  •  February 25, 2016

Burma Campaign UK today urged the Minister of Home Affairs, Lt Gen Ko Ko, forthe immediate release of Nilar Thein and to reform the Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee.

On 24th February 2016, Nilar Thein was arrested by police from Bayinnaung Police Station in Rangoon for allegedly supporting student protests against the controversial Education Bill last year. The Education Bill limits academic freedoms and prohibits the formation of student unions.

Nilar Thein has been charged under Article 18 of the Peaceful Procession Law. She is currently being detained in Insein Prison while her trial continues.

Nilar Thein is one of the prominent leaders of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society Group and a former political prisoner. She was previously arrested in 2008 and sentenced to 65 years in prison. She was released in 2012, and has continued her political activities.

“Nilar Thein’s case shows how activists are continuing to get arrested under the repressive laws in Burma” said Wai Hnin, Campaigns Officer at Burma Campaign UK. “It is absurd that a prominent leader like Nilar Thein has been arrested for her political activities from last year. The arrest of Nilar Thein is unlawful and she should be released immediately.”

Burma Campaign UK is asking supporters and members of the public to email Lt Gen Ko Ko to ensure the immediate release of Nilar Thein and all political prisoners in Burma.

More information contact: Wai Hnin on 07875931038

 

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