Demand Freedom for Myanmar Dissidents

Target: Htin Kyaw, President of Myanmar

Goal: Drop charges and release Dumdaw Nawng Lat and Langjaw Gam Seng.

Two ethnic Kachins in Myanmar have been detained for months by authorities, after they spoke out against alleged human rights abuses. Dumdaw Nawng Lat and Langjaw Gam Seng are both facing long prison sentences for guiding journalists investigating Myanmar military airstrikes in northern Shan State back in 2016. The airstrikes allegedly hit a village, damaging a church.

Both men are prominent members of Myanmar’s Kachin community–a predominantly Christian ethnic minority group that has long faced brutal persecution. Human rights groups have warned the prosecution of these two men could be a step backwards for Myanmar. “These two Baptist leaders are being targeted because they dared to shine a light on Burmese military operations striking a church,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

He added, “By prosecuting these two men, the government sends the wrong message not just within the country but to the rest of the world.” If you agree, please sign our petition demanding their freedom.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Htin Kyaw,

Myanmar has worked hard in recent years to present itself as a country making progress, particularly in terms of freedom and human rights. It’s disturbing, then, to hear that two ethnic Kachins are facing jail time for helping reporters investigate allegations of human rights violations by the Myanmar military.

Speaking to journalists should never be a crime, especially when seeking to cast a light on human rights violations. Both Dumdaw Nawng Lat and Langjaw Gam Seng have no place behind prison bars. They are members of an ethnic group that has long faced persecution in Myanmar, and deserve apologies–not more persecution.

We therefore urge you to order the immediate release of both men. Charges should be dropped, and both men should be free to speak about the conditions of the Kachin people.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. These innocent people should be freed immediately.

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