UPDATE (Burma): Two journalists among prisoners released from jail

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAU-023-2009
ISSUES: Arbitrary arrest & detention, Freedom of expression, Judicial system, Military, Rule of law, State of emergency & martial law,

Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is pleased to inform you that two journalists who had been imprisoned in 2008 for helping cyclone victims to contact international agencies have been released from prison.

CASE DETAILS:

As per our appeal in April (AHRC-UAC-033-2009), 24-year-old Ma Eint Khaing Oo and 29-year-old Ko Kyaw Kyaw Thant, two journalists who were assisting with cyclone relief efforts in May 2008, were imprisoned for allegedly upsetting public tranquility by bringing a group of cyclone victims to meet with staff at the International Committee of the Red Cross and UN Development Programme. Kyaw Kyaw Thant was also sentenced for an alleged immigration offence.

On 18 September 2009, the two journalists were among over 7100 persons released under an amnesty order from Burma’s prisons on “compassionate” grounds.

Speaking to media shortly after her release from the central prison, Eint Khaing Oo said that she intends to go back to her old job as a reporter. Kyaw Kyaw Thant said that he will take some time to restore good health before deciding what to do.

Thank you to everyone who acted upon and took an interest in their case.

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Urgent Appeals Programme 
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) (ua@ahrc.asia)