Aung San Suu Kyi’s Political Prisoners
Nay Myo Zin
Nay Myo Zin is a prominent political activist and a former political prisoner. In April 2019, he was arrested for making a speech in which he criticised the Burmese military for its role in politics and called for constitutional reform.
He was charged under Section 505 (a) of the Penal Code, which prohibits the circulation of statements and reports with “intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, any officer, soldier, sailor or airman, in the Army, Navy or Air Force to mutiny or otherwise disregard or fail in his duty”.
In September 2019, he was sentenced to one year in prison. He is also facing two additional charges under Section 505 (a) for similar speeches at rallies in Ayeyarwaddy and Sagaing region. He is currently serving his prison sentence in Kawthaung prison and he is on trial for the remaining charges.
Write to the government of Burma
Key points to make:
- Highlight the case of Nay Myo Zin.
- Express concern that political prisoners are still in jail.
- Call for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners in Burma.
- Call for the repeal or replacement of repressive laws which are used to jail political prisoners.
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Burmese Embassy London
Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn
Embassy of Myanmar
19a Charles Street
London W1J 5DX
President U Win Myint
Office No. 18
Nay Pyi Taw
Minister of Home Affairs
Lt. Gen. Soe Htut Minister of Home Affairs
Ministry of Home Affairs
Office No. 10
Nay Pyi Taw
Write to Nay Myo Zin
We know that letters can get through to political prisoners, and that it makes a real difference to them when they receive a letter. It lets them know that they haven’t been forgotten, that people are working for their release, and that there is hope.
Write to Nay Myo Zin here:
Nay Myo Zin
C/O The governor of Kawthaung Prison
Letter writing tips:
- Letters can be as long or as short as you like. Even a half page letter is better than no letter at all!
- Tell them a little bit about yourself, your family, what you do.
- Tell them how you found out about their case.
- Say something about why you care and are taking the time to write this letter.
- Be encouraging, let them know that you and others will never give up campaigning for their release.
- If you have written to political prisoners before and they have been released, write about it. It will give them hope.
- Include an email address if you have one. When they are released they may be able to contact you.
Free Political Prisoners
Activists and journalists continue to be arrested in Burma and political prisoners remain in jail. All the laws under which they were jailed remain in place.
No political prisoner should be left behind in jail. Repressive laws must be repealed.
Take action to free all political prisoners in Burma.