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Political Prisoner Watch (Burma) – June 2013

By Assistance Association for Political Prisoners - Burma  •  July 8, 2013

During the month of June, many activists were charged and sent to jail under Section 505 of Burma’s Penal Code and under Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law. An emerging trend is the nation-wide cases of “protest plows.” Landless farmers have been contesting land confiscations by plowing and reharvesting their formally held lands, risking arrest. Further developments in the Letpadaung Copper Mine Project protests underline the conflict between the government and civil society groups, even if the government announced further improvements, especially with the meeting of the Committee to Scrutinize Remaining Political Prisoners.

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