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All political prisoners must be released unconditionally: BCUK

BCUK-logoBurma Campaign UK this week called for the immediate release of Tun Aung and all remaining political prisoners in Burma.

The unconditional release of all political prisoners is an essential step to bring peace and reconciliation in Burma, said BCUK, a nonprofit activist group.

A joint domestic and international board must be formed with the involvement of the UN to investigate how many political activists remain in jails and detention centers, it said.
“It raises a very good question of why Thein Sein’s government is still arresting innocent civilians, if he is a genuine reformer,” said Wai Hnin Pwint Thon, campaigns officer. “It is extremely disappointing that Burma still has hundreds of political prisoners in jails. They must be released unconditionally.”
Each month, BCUK profiled a different political prisoner.

This month the political prisoners is Tun Aung, a 65-year-old medical doctor and a respected community leader who has been arrested and jailed for political reasons.

He was sentenced to 3 years in prison under Section 24 (1) of The Foreign Exchange Regulation Act for having 100 Chinese Yuan in his wallet, which was given to him by his daughter as a present. He is suffering from a pituitary tumor and needs regular medication but he has been denied medical treatment.
He was arrested in June 2012 as part of the Burmese government’s efforts to arrest and detain Muslim community leaders to stop them from talking to international observers and journalists.

He is also charged with six other different counts including under the Wireless Telegraphs Act for having a mobile phone with a SIM card from Bangladesh. He was transferred to Sittwe prison and his trial is still continuing for the remaining charges.
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