Aung San Suu Kyi’s Political Prisoners – Ye Ko Naing
Ye Ko Naing
Ye Ko Naing is a policeman from Alel Chaung Village in Rakhine State. He was arrested in July for allegedly working with the Arakan Army (AA).
In March 2020, the Burmese Government declared the Arakan Army (AA), which is fighting the military in Rakhine and Chin States, a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Associations Act. Many civilians have been arrested for supposedly being involved with the AA.
Ye Ko Naing was charged under Section 50 (j) and 52 (a) of the Counter Terrorism Law, and sentenced to three years in prison in October. He was accused of allegedly helping the AA while on duty at Sanae Police Station in Kyaukpyu Township.
According to his family members, he was sentenced without his lawyer presence. He is currently serving his prison sentence in Kyaukpyu Prison in Rakhine State.
Write to the government of Burma
Key points to make:
- Highlight the case of Ye Ko Naing.
- 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 Ye Ko Naing
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 Ye Ko Naing here:
Ye Ko Naing
C/O The governor of Kyaukpyu 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.