BURMA (MYANMAR): Chaw Sandi Tun imprisoned for Facebook post

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Chaw Sandi Tun

 from Myanmar has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in connection with a Facebook post mocking the army.

She is a prisoner of conscience, who must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Send a protest email to the Myanmar authorities here.

The Myanmar authorities continue to arrest and imprison activists and human rights defenders simply for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression which is enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

On 28 December 2015, Chaw Sandi Tun, also known as Chit Tha Mee, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment by the Maubin Township Court, in Ayeyarwady Region, in the southern part of the country. 

Article 66(d) of Myanmar’s 2013 Telecommunications Act, which provides for up to three years’ imprisonment for “extorting, coercing, restraining wrongfully, defaming, disturbing, causing undue influence or threatening any person by using any Telecommunications Network”. 

She was arrested in Yangon, Myanmar’s main city, and transferred to Maubin prison in Ayeyarwady Region, where she remains behind bars.

Please write immediately to the President Thein Sein via Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Chairman here

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 15 FEBRUARY 2016.

Also please write to the President and Minister of Home Affairs directly via mailing your letters:

President

Thein Sein, President’s Office, Office No.18, Nay Pyi Tax, Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Fax: +95 1 652 624 - Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Home Affairs

Lt Gen. Ko Ko, Ministry of Home Affairs, Office No. 10, Nay Pyi Taw, Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Fax: +95 67 412 439 - Salutation: Your Excellency

Copies to be sent:

Chairman, Myanmar National Human Rights Commission

U Win Mra, 27 Pyay Road, Hline Township, Yangon, Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Fax: + 95 1 659 668 - Email: chmyanmarnhrc@gmail.com

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country via email.