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Human Rights Defenders Forum Joins Aung Hmaing San’s Call for the Release of All Political Prisoners in Myanmar

By Human Rights Defenders Forum Steering Committee  •  October 27, 2015

It has been five days since student leader Aung Hmaing San began a hunger strike in Thayarwaddy prison, calling for the release of all the political prisoners across Myanmar. Aung Hmaing San was arrested alongside many other students and supporters when police brutally cracked down on their protest camp in Lapadan Township, Bago Region. More than 70 individuals were arrested, charged and sent to prison in early 2015 for their roles in protests against the National Education Law. According to Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma and Amnesty International, there are nearly 100 political prisoners currently in Myanmar with hundreds more awaiting trial. Just in the past weeks, we have witnessed another series of arrests of human rights defenders for peaceful activities, including Chaw Sandi Tun, Patrick Kum Jaa Lee, Khin Khin Kyaw, Htin Kyaw, Zaw Lu Soe, and numerous others.

While Human Rights Defenders Forum (HRDF) is concerned for Aung Hmaing San’s health, we stand with him in his call for the release of all political prisoners, who are currently detained for their peaceful activism and for exercising their rights to freedom of opinion and expression, assembly and association. Prison authorities must ensure that Aung Hmaing San has full access to information and healthcare without restriction. HRDF condemns all forms of continuing oppression and persecution against peaceful activists and human rights defenders. HRDF, therefore, calls on the government to immediately and unconditionally release Aung Hmaing San and all other political prisoners and detainees and drop all pending charges against human rights defenders who are facing trials simply for exercising their human rights.

Human Rights Defenders Forum Steering Committee is comprised of committed Myanmar and international individuals and organizations working for protection of human rights defenders in Myanmar.


For More Information please contact:

Htoo Kyaw Win (Human Rights Defenders Forum) Mobile: +95 979 4380895;

Thwin Lin Aung (Genuine People Servant) Mobile: +95 (0)250795915,

Thet Swe Win (National Youth Congress) +95 (0)798423902


This statement is also endorsed by the following organizations

  1. Action Committee for Democracy and Development
  2. National Youth Congress
  3. Yangon Youth Network
  4. Equality Myanmar
  5. Human Rights Educators Network
  6. Pandita Development Institute
  7. Green Trust Pyin Oo Lwin
  8. Smile Education and Development Foundation
  9. Generation Wave
  10. Forum for Democracy in Burma
  11. Genuine People Servant
  12. Women Peace Network-Arakan
  13. Civil Rights Defenders
  14. Burma Partnership
  15. Peace Machine
  16. Independent Youth For Change
  17. ပန္းပ်ိဳးလက္လူငယ္စင္တာ
  18. Golden Generation
  19. MasterPeace Myanmar Club
  20. ကဗ်ာခ်စ္သူမ်ားအသင္း
  21. MYAO Youth Action Group
  22. ခ်င္းစာေပနွင့္ ယဥ္ေက်းမႈ
  23. သာကီႏြယ္ဖြားဓမၼလူငယ္မ်ားကြန္ယက္
  24. Precious Hands
  25. Peace Cultivation Network ( Youth Department)
  26. ရွမ္းလူငယ္ (ရန္ကုန္)
  27. Giving Hands (Bago)
  28. Simple to Smart
  29. ကိုးကန္႔ လူမႈဖြံ႕ၿဖိဳးေရး အသင္း
  30. ရန္ကုန္ လိုင္ဇာ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရး လမ္းေလွ်ာက္အဖြဲ႕
  31. အျဖဴေရာင္ တြဲလက္မ်ား
  32. ဂရုဏာေရာင္စဥ္တန္းမ်ား
  33. Light House Network
  34. Renovator Youth Network
  35. Heart to Heart
  36. Millenium Light Development Organization
  37. Humanatralion Cycle
  38. New History Organization
  39. Myanmar Youth Social and Education Local Focus(MYSELF)
  40. မ်ိဳးဂုဏ္ျမင့္ လူငယ္မ်ား


Download the statement in English here.

သေဘာထားေၾကညာခ်က္ ျမန္မာဘာသာကို ဤေနရာတြင္ ေဒါင္းလုပ္ရယူႏိုင္ပါသည္။

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