Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (President Thein Sein via Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Chairman). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).
Your Excellency Thein Sein, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
24-year-old Chaw Sandi Tun has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in connection with a Facebook post criticising the army. Chaw Sandi Tun is a prisoner of conscience, who must be released immediately and unconditionally.
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.
I urge you to immediately and unconditionally release Chaw Sandi Tun, and ensure that, pending her release, she is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated; is not transferred to a remote prison; has regular access to family members and lawyers of her choosing; and is provided with any medical care she may require.
I also urge you to repeal or amend all laws which impose arbitrary or sweeping restrictions on the human right to freedom of expression, in line with international human rights law and standards.