Kyaw Hla Aung is a human rights defender and Rohingya community leader. He is on trial after his arrest in July 2013 on politically motivated charges.
Mark Farmaner, director of the Burma Campaign, told IBTimes UK that the pipeline construction was linked with a greater military presence.
“We have seen an increase in militarisation and human rights abuses, including a big increase of rape and sexual abuse in areas the pipeline is due to go through,” he said.
“This is not helping the people of Burma”.
Think everything’s ok in Burma now? Since Thein Sein became President more than 250,000 people have fled their homes because of attacks and human rights abuses.
Awareness raising campaign launched by Burma Campaign UK, October 2013.