As you are aware, nine leaders of the group, Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Pyone Cho, Mya Aye, Htay Kywe, Hla Myo Naung, Aung Thu, Nyan Lin, and Aung Naing (aka) Myo Aung Naing were sentenced 65 years imprisonment in Ma-ubin Prison on Nov 11, 2008 and brought back to Insein Prison yesterday, Nov 15, 2008. Today, on Nov 16, 2008, 3:00 AM in the morning, at least eight of them were transferred to prisons far away from Rangoon.
Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi were transferred to Kengtong Prison in Shan State, 700 miles North of Rangoon.
Mya Aye was transferred to Loikaw Prison in Kayah State (Karenni State), 551 miles North of Rangoon.
Pyone Cho (aka) Htay Win Aung was transferred to Kawthaung Prison in Tanintharyi Division, 800 miles South of Rangoon.
Htay Kywe was transferred to Buthitaung Prison in Rakhine (Arakan) State, 730 miles North West of Rangoon.
Hla Myo Naung was transferred to Myitgyinar Prison in Kachin State, 900 miles North of Rangoon.
Aung Thu was transferred to Putao Prison in Kachin State, 1150 miles in Kachin State.
Aung Naing (aka) Myo Aung Naing was transferred to Kalaymyo Prison in Sagaing Division, 680 miles North of Rangoon.
More political prisoners were transferred to remote prisons and more will be transferred in the following days. We are still collecting and confirming information.
While UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is reluctant to make a return visit to Burma, as he had promised, the regime’s action of delivering severe punishment to democracy activists and transferring them to remote prisons clearly indicate that they don’t care whether he visits Burma or not. UN Security Council should convene a meeting on Burma, review the effectiveness of its Presidential Statement issued on Oct 11, 2007, in which it called the regime to release all political prisoners, and take further action to stop human rights violations and crimes against humanity in Burma.