Jailed for promoting religious freedom

Human rights defenders, Zaw Zaw Latt and Pwint Phyu Latt were arrested in July 2015 on trumped up charges because of their work to promote religious freedom. Zaw Zaw Latt and Pwint Phyu Latt were sentenced to four years in prison with hard labour.

Please take action for the release of Zaw Zaw Latt, Pwint Phyu Latt and the remaining political prisoners in Burma.

1. Email the Burmese government to call for the immediate release of Zaw Zaw Latt, Pwint Phyu Latt and the remaining political prisoners in Burma.

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Zaw Zaw Latt
C/O The governor of Obo Prison
Obo Prison
Mandalay
Myanmar

Pwint Phyu Latt
C/O The governor of Obo Prison
Obo Prison
Mandalay
Myanmar

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Zaw Zaw Latt and Pwint Phyu Latt are Muslim campaigners and members of Thint Myat Lo Thu Myar (Peace Seekers and Multiculturalist Movement), an interfaith foundation founded by a Buddhist monk.

The authorities arrested Zaw Zaw Latt in July 2015 after the Buddhist organisation for the Protection of Race and Religion, known as Ma Ba Tha, and other Buddhist nationalists started a public campaign on social media calling for Zaw Zaw Latt’s arrest for insulting their religion. They claimed that Zaw Zaw Latt has insulted Buddhism by encouraging interfaith “mating” and working with a “Buddhist monk who betray Buddhism.” The authorities subsequently arrested his colleague, Pwint Phyu Latt.

They were told that the reasons for their arrests were for visiting the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) as part of their interfaith trip, and for allegedly illegally crossing into India. They were charged under 17(1) of the Unlawful Association Act and the 1947 Burma Immigration Act.

On 26th February 2016, Zaw Zaw Latt and Pwint Phyu Latt were sentenced to two years with hard labour under the Immigration Act. On 8th April 2016, they received two more years in prison under the Unlawful Association Act. They are currently serving their prison sentences in Obo prison in Mandalay.

Please take action to free Zaw Zaw Latt, Pwint Phyu Latt and the remaining political prisoners in Burma.