Target: President Thein Sein
Goal: Thank President Thein Sein for pardoning four men arrested for peaceful activism.
Four men sentenced to two years’ imprisonment or more have been released as the result of a presidential pardon after serving only about a month in prison. Sign the petition and thank President Thein Sein for doing the right thing.
Two labor activists, Naing Zaw Kyi Win and Thu Zaw Kyi Win, and two factory union leaders, Myo Min Min and Naing Htay Lwin, were all arrestedz after participating in a peaceful workers’ strike. They were charged with “incitement” and sentenced to jail time. The outcome of the case was denounced by Amnesty International, which maintained that the men were prisoners of conscience and that their right to freedom of expression had been violated.
A presidential pardon freed 83 people, including the four men. Some of the credit must go to activists all over the world — including those here at ForceChange — who wrote letters and put pressure on the Burmese government to release the men and drop the charges against them. Sign the petition and thanking President Sein for doing the right thing and urging him to ensure that freedom of expression is respected in Myanmar.
Dear President Sein,
I am writing to commend you for the recent pardon of 83 prisoners, but I would particularly like to thank you for releasing Naing Zaw Kyi Win, Thu Zaw Kyi Win, Myo Min Min, and Naing Htay Lwin, all four of whom had been arrested for taking part in a peaceful labor strike. They were prisoners of conscience, and their release is a positive step toward a cleaner human rights record for Myanmar.
Although the men no longer have to deal with the reality of being arrested and jailed for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, many other people in Myanmar are persecuted simply for speaking their minds. I urge you to use this pardon as a springboard toward further change in Myanmar, including an environment in which opposing views are respected instead of silenced through threats and arrests.
Once again, thank you for releasing these activists and allowing them to continue their vital work.
[Your Name Here]
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