Target: Thein Sein, President of Myanmar
Goal: Release student activists facing charges for protesting.
Student activist Phyoe Phyoe Aung, along with her activist husband Lin Htet Naing, have both been served with additional charges in relation to a peaceful protest they took part in over a year ago. Both have been detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression. Sign the petition to demand that they are freed immediately.
The activists’ initial charges stemmed from their protests against the National Education Law, which they claim hinders academic freedom. Over 100 activists were arrested during protests against the law. Fifty of them remain in jail, including Phyoe Phyoe Aung and Lin Htet Naing.
Phyoe Phyoe Aung, the Secretary General of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), was recently charged with seven additional counts of protesting without authorization. Each charge carries a sentence of six months, raising her total prison time to thirteen years if found guilty. Lin Htet Naing is currently facing nine years and six months of prison time.
Peaceful protest is a basic human right that is recognized all over the world. Phyoe Phyoe Aung and Lin Htet Naing, as well as the other detained students, are prisoners of conscience and must therefore be released immediately.
I am writing to encourage you to drop charges against Phyoe Phyoe Aung, Lin Htet Naing, and 50 other student activists. These activists simply exercised their right to freedom of expression and should not be penalized for utilizing this most basic human right.
Phyoe Phyoe Aung and Lin Htet Naing were recently hit with more charges stemming from their participation in protests against the National Education Law–protests that took place over a year ago. Phyoe Phyoe Aung was charged with seven additional counts of protesting without authorization, potentially bringing her total prison sentence to thirteen years. Her husband Lin Htet Naing faces up to nine years and six months in prison.
Freedom of expression is one of the most basic, universally-recognized human rights. Student activists like Phyoe Phyoe Aung and Lin Htet Naing must be allowed to freely exercise this right without fear of imprisonment or punishment. I therefore urge you to free them immediately and work to ensure the protection of free speech in Myanmar.
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