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Professionals urge authorities to reinstate their licenses


Rangoon (Mizzima) – Pro-democracy activists whose professional licenses have been revoked for their political activities and students who have been dismissed from school should have their licenses reinstated and students should be allowed to continue their studies, activists said on Saturday.
 
Attorney Aung TheinThe lawyers, doctors and students organized a press conference in Rangoon on Saturday to publicize their plight. They have submitted an appeal to President Thein Sein and the Myanmar Human Rights Commission.
 
“If it doesn’t work, we will submit an appeal to the International Human Rights Commission,” lawyer Aung Thein, whose license was revoked, told Mizzima. Twenty-two lawyers, seven doctors and seven students signed the petition sent to the president.
 
“It is like punishing a person twice,” said Aung Thein. “We were imprisoned and when we were released lawyers and doctors cannot do their work and students have been dismissed from school. In this era, that should not happen. Will the new government continue the former government’s way regarding these actions? The new government should resolve it,” Aung Thein said.
 
Aung Thein was sentenced to four years in prison under the former junta for alleged contempt of court while defending his clients. He was released from prison on March 6, 2009.
 
Htay, another lawyer whose license was revoked, said that some clauses of the 2008 Constitution should be amended if the government really wants national reconciliation. Union Attroney-General Dr. Tun Shin has said that the Union Supreme Court and the Bar Council are cooperating to decide the issue.
 
Meanwhile, the National League for Democracy (NLD) said it would submit appeals to the Union Supreme Court for professionals, students and artists who have been forbidden from performing their art.
 
On October 23, NLD General-Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi met with Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Burma and it was one of the issues discussed.   
 
Ye Min Oo, a student who has been dismissed from school, said, “I would like to tell the president to reconsider my case. I’m not allowed to attend school because of these unfair laws.”
 
Dr. Zaw Myint Maung of Mandalay, whose medical license was revoked, said that he filed an appeal to the Myanmar Medical Council without success, and he urged authorities to review the issue fairly.
 
Zaw Myint Maung’s license was revoked because he allegedly was involved in trying to form a provisional government after the 1990 general elections. He served 18 years in prison.
Last Updated ( Monday, 07 November 2011 18:39 )  

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