Moe Linn is a village administrator of Aung Tha Pyay village in Mandalay. He was arrested in May 2019 after taking part in a protest against the construction of a Chinese-financed cement factory project. The residents of Aung Tha Pyay village have been opposed to the cement factory project for more than three years since its establishment in 2017 because it causes pollution and land confiscations.
Moe Linn was charged under four different counts including under Section 436 of Burma’s Penal Code for allegedly setting a building on fire in the factory’s compound, and Section 505 (b) for defaming the government during the riot.
In December 2019, he was sentenced to one year in prison with hard labour for defamation, and 5 years imprisonment for the three other charges. He is currently serving his 6 years prison sentence in Obo prison in Mandalay.
Write to the government of Burma
Key points to make:
- Highlight the case of Moe Linn.
- 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 Moe Linn
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 Moe Linn here:
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
Since the coup on 1 February 2021, hundreds of political leaders, human rights activists and peaceful protesters have been arrested. More people continue to be arrested every day.
See the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners for regular updates on political prisoner numbers.
All political prisoners must be freed.