Free Nilar Thein demand rises
Posted on February 26th, 2016

By NJ Thakuria

Guwahati: Activists across the world demand that no political prisoners should (must) be left behind in Burma’s jails. Burma Campaign UK, while carrying out its mission to support human rights in Myanmar, called the Burmese home minister Lt Gen Ko Ko for immediate release of high profile activist Nilar Thein, who is currently being detained in Insein Prison.

Ms Thein was arrested from Rangoon on 24 February 2016 for allegedly supporting student protests against the controversial National Education Bill last year. The said bill limits academic freedoms and prohibits the formation of student unions in educational institutions.

In January 2015, students began marching between Mandalay and Rangoon, demanding changes to a new education law which increases government control over how they are taught in Universities. They were supported by students protesting right across the country.

But the protesters were brutally beaten and arrested by the police.

There are more than 80 student protesters currently on trial while remaining in detention.

Ms Thein is one of the prominent leaders of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society Group and a former political prisoner. She was previously arrested in 2008 and sentenced for 65 years in prison. She was released in 2012, and has continued her political activities.

Nilar Thein’s case shows how activists are continuing to get arrested under the repressive laws in Burma,” said Wai Hnin of Burma Campaign UK adding, It is absurd that a prominent leader like Nilar Thein has been arrested for her political activities. She should be released immediately

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