Aung San Suu Kyi’s Political Prisoners – Zayar Lwin
Zayar Lwin is a student activist and a member of Peacock Generation Thangyat group. He was arrested in April 2019 during the Burmese New Year celebration for criticising and making fun of the military during a satirical performance.
Thangyat is a type of slam poetry traditionally performed during the Burmese New Year holiday, and Thangyat groups usually highlight difficulties and situations of the country in a series of jokes. The Peacock Generation Thangyat group includes current and former members of the Student Union in Burma. Their satirical performance mostly included materials about the country’s constitution and the military.
He was charged under Section 505 (a) of the Penal Code in two different townships in Rangoon. In November 2019, he was given two one – year prison sentences with hard labour to be served consecutively for violating the 505 (a) of Burma’s Penal Code. He was also charged under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Act for posting photos and videos and livestreaming performances on Facebook. In December 2019, an additional six months jail term was added after being found guilty of “online defamation” under Section 66(d).
While Zayar Lwin has fought for the country’s democracy and freedom, he also propagated hatred against the Rohingya on social media, and supported the military’s attack on the Rohingya in 2017 as a legitimate response to “terrorism”. Full article can be read here.
He is currently serving his two years and six months prison sentence with hard labour in Insein prison.
Write to the government of Burma
Key points to make:
- Highlight the case of Zayar Lwin.
- 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 Zayar Lwin
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 Zayar Lwin here:
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.