Aung San Suu Kyi’s Political Prisoners – Wai Hin Aung
Wai Hin Aung
Wai Hin Aung is an ethnic Rakhine writer. He was arrested in January 2018 for giving a speech in which he criticised the NLD-led government’s treatment towards ethnic Rakhine and supported the armed struggle against the “Burman-dominated government”.
In March 2019, he was sentenced to 20 years for high treason under section 122 of the Penal Code and two years for incitement under section 505 (b) of the Penal Code.
He has written articles and blogs which incite violence and hate speech against Rohingya Muslims. He should be tried for his numerous hate speeches against Rohingya, but the NLD-led government branded his criticism towards the government as “treason” and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.
He is currently serving his prison sentence in Insein prison.
Write to the government of Burma
Key points to make:
- Highlight the case of Wai Hin Aung.
- 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 Wai Hin Aung
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 Wai Hin Aung here:
Wai Hin Aung
C/O The governor of Insein 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.