Jailed for Exposing Burmese Army’s Human Rights Abuses

Khaing Myo Htun, a Rakhine human rights activist, was arrested on 25th July 2016 for exposing human rights abuses committed by the Burmese Army.

  1. Email the Burmese government to call for the immediate release of Khaing Myo Htun and the remaining political prisoners in Burma.
  2. You can also write a letter to Khaing Myo Htun to express your solidarity. Please write to the following address:

    Khaing Myo Htun
    C/O The governor of Sittwe Prison
    Sittwe Prison

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Khaing Myo Htun is spokesperson in the Information and Organizing Department of the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP). His arrest was related to a statement issued by the ALP which exposed human rights abuses committed by the Burmese Army in Rakhine State.

After the statement was issued in April, Rakhine State Border Affairs and Security Minister Colonel Htein Lin summoned Khaing Myo Htun to the government office in Sittwe and threatened him personally with prosecution if the ALP’s allegations could not be substantiated.

Khaing Myo Htun provided evidence of the allegations to the authorities in May. However, an army officer filed a complaint against Khaing Myo Htun claiming that he had committed the offences of sedition/endangering public tranquility and incitement.

He was arrested on 25th July and charged under Section 505 (b) and (c) of the Myanmar Penal code. He was denied bail and is currently being detained in Sittwe Prison while his trial continues.

Please take action to free Khaing Myo Htun and the remaining political prisoners.