Actions: Aung Soe
Aung Soe is an activist and a political prisoner from Burma who was arrested in April 2013 by the military-backed government. He has been charged with 8 different counts and sentenced to eleven and a half years in prison.
Please take action for the release of Aung Soe and the remaining political prisoners in Burma.
2.You can also write a letter to Aung Soe to express your solidarity. Please write to the following address:
C/O The governor of Shwe Bo Prison
Shwe Bo Prison
Shwe Bo Town
Airmail letter postal cost: From United Kingdom to Myanmar (Burma) will cost £1.88.
Aung Soe is an activist and a member of the Rangoon Civil Assistance Network that promotes civil rights in the country.
He was arrested for his part organising protests with farmers to plough the land which had been confiscated by the Burmese government for the Letpadaung copper mine project.
The Letpadaung project is a joint venture between China’s Wan Bao Company and the military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd. The project resulted in land confiscations and environmental degradation. Protests started in June 2012 by a group of farmers who demanded compensation for confiscated land and suspension of the activities of this copper mine located in Monywa – central Burma.
Due to the continuing protests, the military-backed government in Burma declared Article 144 in the area, which bans the gathering of five or more people in the streets between 6am to 6pm.
Aung Soe was badly beaten when he was arrested in April 2013. He has been charged with 8 different counts, including under Article 144 and section 505(b) of the penal code for committing or inducing others to commit an offense against the State or against the public tranquility.
His trial was closed without any lawyer allowed to defend his case. He was sentenced to eleven and a half years in prison. He is serving his prison sentences in Shwe Bo prison in central Burma, which is more than 480 miles away from his family in Rangoon.
Despite some welcome political changes in Burma, including the release of high profile political prisoners, hundreds of political prisoners remain in jail.
The international community must not forget those political prisoners still left behind in Burma’s jails.
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