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Myanmar: Human Rights Defenders at Risk

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The Law Society is concerned for Naing Ye Wai, Aung San Oo, Gist Too and Nyan Lin Htet of Mandalary’s Yadanabon University. The four human rights defenders were arrested and detained at Mandalay’s Oh Bo Prison on the 1 July 2015 for allegedly using spray paint to write messages on the front of the university on 26 June 2015.  The messages included ‘We don’t want the National Education Law’ and ‘Release students in Tharyarwaddy prison immediately’. The students face charges of incitement, rioting, abetting, and unlawful assembly under Sections 143, 147 and 505 (b) of the Penal Code and Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law. The students have previously been involved in peaceful protests. The students applied for bail in order to sit their student examinations from 17-29 September 2015. This application for bail was rejected by the Ama Ra Pu Ra Township Court (Mandalay division) on 21 August 2015 on the basis that granting them bail would cause too much of a distraction to their fellow students as there was a risk they would start another protest. The hearing lasted for a total of ten minutes.

 

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