Aung San Suu Kyi’s Political Prisoners – Nyi Nyi Min Htet, Aung Khaing Min, Thet Maung Maung, Hla Htun Aung and Thuta Nyi Nyi
Nyi Nyi Min Htet and ABFSU members
Nyi Nyi Min Htet, Aung Khaing Min, Thet Maung Maung, Hla Htun Aung and Thuta Nyi Nyi are members of the All Burma Federation Student Unions (ABFSU) in Mandalay. They were arrested in September for taking part in an anti-military and anti-war protest regarding the violence in Rakhine State.
As the military has stepped up its operations against the Arakan Army (AA) in Rakhine State, it has been deliberately targeting civilians, with civilians being killed, tortured, arrested and displaced. ABFSU is a nationwide student organisation, and they launched an anti-war leafletting and poster campaign in early September.
They have been charged under section 505 (b) of the Penal Code for destabilising state tranquillity and the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession law. They are currently on trial while being detained in Obo prison in Mandalay. If they are convicted, they could be serving more than two years in prison.
Write to the government of Burma
Key points to make:
- Highlight the cases of Nyi Nyi Min Htet, Aung Khaing Min, Thet Maung Maung, Hla Htun Aung and Thuta Nyi Nyi.
- 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 Nyi Nyi Min Htet, Aung Khaing Min, Thet Maung Maung, Hla Htun Aung and Thuta Nyi Nyi
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 Nyi Nyi Min Htet, Aung Khaing Min, Thet Maung Maung, Hla Htun Aung and Thuta Nyi Nyi here:
Nyi Nyi Min Htet, Aung Khaing Min, Thet Maung Maung, Hla Htun Aung and Thuta Nyi Nyi
C/O The governor of Obo 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. Aung San Suu Kyi has the power to free them.