November 13, 2008
Quotes of the Day:
“Injustices by the government are exposed now. We were not informed (by the authorities) while they sentenced my husband.”
(Daw) Htay Htay Win, wife of Zaw Zaw Min, a member of the 88 Generation Students group who received 65-year imprisonment on Nov 11, 2008. (She is also mother of De Nyein Lin, who is also detained in Insein Prison and on trial.)
“I want to encourage all of them (imprisoned) to taking care their health in prison and think how they will continue to contribute for democracy…..I also urge their mothers, “Honor for Their Sons and Daughters”.”
(Daw) Khin Soe Myint, mother of Zaw Zaw Min and grand mother of De Nyein Lin
The Junta’s Courts Sentenced (at least) 18 Activists Today
According to sources from the court officials and police, the Burmese military junta has instructed judges to wrap up all the trials of detained democracy activists and Monks by mid December 2008. Therefore, detainees are forced to wake up early morning by the prison authority and brought to the special court house everyday. As they are accused with many charges, they are to move from one court room to another, without having time to rest, think, consult and defend. Their lunch time is always late and sometimes, they don’t even have drinking water. Family members are not allowed to attend the hearing, four defense lawyers of them were imprisoned and some lawyers are ban from entering the court house.
Today, the junta’s kangaroo courts delivered harsh sentences to at least 18 democracy activists. Details are below.
11 NLD Members Imprisoned
The junta’s special courts, held inside Insein Prison Compound, today delivered seven years and six months imprisonment each with hard labor to 11 NLD members. They are Thant Zin Myo, Kyaw Soe Win, Aung Min Naing (aka) Mee Thwe, San Win, Myo Kyaw Zin, Win Myint, Yan Naing Tun, Than Naing, Soe Min Min, Tin Yu, and Hla Hla Maw (Female) and they all are members of the NLD from Hlaing Thar Yar Township in Rangoon.
They were arrested on May 15, 2007, while they were marching towards the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, carrying posters and placards bearing slogan, “Free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi”. The also wore T-shirts, with Aung San Suu Kyi’s photo on it. They were released a few days later and the authorities even announced the release in the newspaper with a remark, saying that the Government regards them as sons and daughters of the Country and forgave them with a great mercy.” However, one year later, they were arrested again with the same charges, put in Insein Prison and sent before the Hlaing Thar Yar Township Court for trial. During the court hearing, three defendants, Yan Naing Tun, Myo Kyaw Zin and Aung Min Naing (aka) Mee Thwe asked the Judge to summon the junta’s Police Chief Brig. Gen Khin Yee and Information Minister Brig. Gen Kyaw Sann as their defense witnesses. The judge refused to grant their request and charged them, along with their lawyers Nyi Nyi Htwe and Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min, for contempt of court. They were sentenced six-month imprisonment each by Rangoon Northern District Court on October 30.
Aung Min Naing (aka) Mee Thwe was sentenced 4 years and six months imprisonment by the Rangoon Western District Court under Section 143 and 505 (B) of the Penal Code last week. Therefore, his total prison terms become 12 years and six months. Myo Kyaw Zin also received two years imprisonment from another court and therefore his total prison terms become 10 years.
Honey Oo Received Nine Years and Six Months Imprisonment
A 21-year old law student Honey Oo (Female) was sentenced to nine years and six months imprisonment by Rangoon Eastern District Court today. She is a member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) and arrested since September 2007. She was charged with Section 143, 145, and 124 of the Penal Code and Section 6 of the Law Relating Forming of Organizations.
Her defense lawyer U Aung Thein was charged under Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Act and sentenced four months imprisonment on November 7, 2008. She was sentenced without defense lawyer.
Honey Oo was accused by authorities that she participated in the protests on September 25-26 in Rangoon. However, Honey, who was a fourth year law student then, was sitting in the class room for examination in Dagon University in these days. The University authorities refused to issue a written statement to prove that she was in the examination room during the days she was accused. The University authorities also refused to testify before the Court.
Two Activists Imprisoned
A NLD member Myo Khin and an activist Myo Khaing, who were detained since September 2007, were sentenced today by Rangoon Eastern District Court, held inside Insein Prison Compound. They were charged with Section 143, 145 and 505 (B) of the Penal Code. Myo Khin received 4 years and six months imprisonment and Myo Khaing received six years and six months.
Two 88 Generation Students Sentenced
Two members of the 88 Generation Students group, Myo Yan Naing Thein and Min Min Soe were also sentenced today by Rangoon Eastern District Court, held inside Insein Prison Compound. They were arrested since December 2007, charged with Section 505 (B) of the Penal Code and sentenced two years imprisonment each.
Two More Activists Sentenced
Today, Rangoon Western District Court, held inside the Insein Prison Compound, delivered harsh sentences to two activists, who were detained in Insein Prison since September 2007. Poet Min Han was charged with Section 145, 147 and 505 (B) of the Penal Code and sentenced 11 years imprisonment. Mya Mya Thaint (Female) was sentenced 5 years imprisonment.
Four Human Rights Defenders Sentenced
Four members of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters Network (HRDP) were sentenced by a special court, held inside Insein Prison Compound on November 11, 2008. They were arrested last year for their leading role in mass protests in Bogalay Township. Aung Zaw Oo from Bogalay Township, U Maung Kan from Wakema Township and Kyaw Soe from Taunggyi Township received 12 years imprisonment each and Aung Myint from Bogalay Township received two years imprisonment.
More Civilian Militias Formed
To confront any public demonstration and to threaten activists, the Burmese military junta is forming and installing auxiliary police forces in many Townships. Members of volunteer fire fighters are recruited by the Township authorities and sent to a three-month training, in which they will be taught how to collect information and crack down the riots. After the training, they will serve as auxiliary police forces under the local police command and Township authorities. They are provided by authorities a stipend of 30,000 Kyats (US$ 30) per month, a handcuff, a rubber stick or baton, a walkie-talkie and a uniform.