Actions: Myint Soe
Myint Soe is a labour activist and one of hundreds of political prisoners who remain in Burma’s jails. He was arrested in March 2013 and sentenced to 7 and half years in prison.
Please take action for the release of Myint Soe and the remaining political prisoners in Burma.
2.You can also write a letter to Myint Soe to express your solidarity. Please write to the following address:
C/O The governor of Thaton Prison
Airmail letter postal cost: From United Kingdom to Myanmar (Burma) will cost £1.88.
Myint Soe is a labour activist from Burma who campaigns for workers’ rights and helps workers to set up trade unions. He is also a former political prisoner who on three separate occasions has spent a total of 15 years in prison.
Before he was arrested in March, Myint Soe and his colleagues helped farmers in southern Burma to reoccupy their land and build temporary houses. Several years ago the government had confiscated their land. Now the area is controlled by a state-owned paper factory run by a crony company called Shwe Than Lwin.
Myint Soe was sued and falsely accused by the company that he cut eucalyptus trees in the area in order to build houses. Although Myint Soe had witnesses who provided statements that he did not cut any trees, he was arrested. He was charged under The Public Property Protection Act (1947) with the accusation of cutting the trees down, and was sentenced to 7 and half years in Thaton prison, Mon State.
No Political Prisoner Left Behind
Around 178 people in Burma are in jail for political reasons. Some are in jail for protesting for their rights, some for criticising the government or the military, and some just because of their ethnicity or religion. Activists continue to be arrested.
Yet, most people think all political prisoners have been released. There is very little pressure on the NLD-led government in Burma to free remaining political prisoners.
No political prisoner should be left behind in jail.
Burma Campaign UK is making a difference, but without support from members of the public our work would end.