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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2963

Arrests of Burmese political dissidents Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi and Ko Htay Kywe – AAPP appeals for immediate release

Bangkok, 29 September, ( Special Police Force in Burma arrested Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi and Ko Htay Kywe, leading political dissidents and led them away from their homes in Rangoon shortly after dawn on Wednesday. They were taken to the Ministry of Home Affairs where they are continued to be held.

All three activists are leaders of the '88 Generation Students Group,' and are in need of regular medical attention as they have each already spent 15 years in the State Peace and Development Council’s (SPDC's) notorious prisons.

Sources revealed that all three had been earnestly striving to gain democracy, human rights and national reconciliation through non-violent means.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), Non Government Organization which monitors the welfare, as well as the plight of the political prisoners languishing in the notorious prisons in Burma has strongly denounced the SPDC for arresting prominent democracy and freedom campaigners in Burma.

"This action has proved that the junta in Burma breaks the rule of law, although they declare that no one is above the law" Tate Naing, General Secretary of the AAPP noted. "It is time for everyone to respect the rule of law and the freedom of individuals to express their beliefs."

"The political activism of democracy and human rights loving people should be allowed to happen freely in Burma," stated Bo Kyi, Joint Secretary of the AAPP, while attending the second session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

The AAPP has also demanded General Than Shwe and the SPDC stop all unlawful arrests, detentions, investigations and torture.

"We also request that international governments, international jurist organizations and human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, condemn the junta for arresting these activists," AAPP said in its appeal.

- Asian Tribune -

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