Monthly Archives: July 2015

Robert Seth Hayes Medical Justice Campaign

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As previously noted, Seth Hayes finally began to receive medical intervention for both his Hepatitis C and poorly-managed diabetes roughly six weeks ago. This is no doubt thanks to many people who made calls on his behalf. Unfortunately, Seth is still suffering from undiagnosed and untreated chronic bleeding and abdominal growths. Many calls have been made to Health Services in regards to these conditions that warrant urgent assessment, and there has been no response. Please join in calling and faxing Health Services this week, stating that you are calling about Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, at Sullivan Correctional Facility, and requesting:

For coughing up blood, that he be given the results of the chest Xray he was given in May, as well as a PPD (TB skin test), and (if chest Xray was unrevealing) a chest Cat scan. Additionally, if there is any concern about heart failure from the chest Xray, that he be given an ECHO.

For the lump on his abdomen, an abdominal ultrasound or Cat scan. For the ones on his chest wall, a Dermatology consult where they do a biopsy if it is appropriate next step or advise Seth as to what the lesions are.

We must be persistent, insistent and consistent in order for Seth to get his needed medical care, so please continue to call and fax:

On Monday 7/27, Tuesday 7/28 and Wednesday 7/29 please call:

Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann, Chief Medical Officer, DOCCS Division of Health Services at (518) 457-7073

Holly, Health Services Supervisor, at (518) 445-6176

On Thursday 7/30 and Friday 7/31, please fax (you can use a free online fax service like faxzero.com if needed):

Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D. at Fax: (518) 445-7553

Holly at Fax: (518) 445-6157

To contribute to ongoing efforts supporting Robert Seth Hayes, please donate online at: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/810a58

Write to Seth and let him know he is in our hearts and on our minds.

Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 116
Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116

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Continue to stand with Marilyn Zuniga, unjustly fired for supporting Mumia Abu-Jamal

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The ANSWER Coalition is supporting the action alert issued by the People’s Organization for Progress (POP) in New Jersey to support Marlyn Zuniga, the teacher fired after her students sent get-well cards to political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. We encourage everyone around the country to participate in this letter-writing campaign, and for those in New Jersey to come out in support.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation is a member organization of the ANSWER Coalition

Background

“So long as one just person is silent, there is no justice.”
— Mumia Abu-Jamal

Marilyn Zuniga read this quote to her students during Black History Month, which inspired them to want to send get-well cards when he fell ill. She asked her students to consider the meaning of this quote. This was a main impetus to the decision by the Board of Education to suspend her and then later fire her.

Take action!

The People’s Organization For Progress (POP) is continuing the fight for justice for Marylin Zuniga (picture below), the Orange, New Jersey school teacher who was terminated because her students wrote get well letters to prison inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal. POP is asking everyone to write letters condemning the decision of the Orange Board of Education to terminate her.

The letters should be sent to:

Cristina Mateo, President
Orange Board of Education
C/O School Board Secretary
Orange Public Schools
451 Lincoln Avenue
Orange, New Jersey 07050

SEND YOUR LETTERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. In addition, POP is asking people to condemn the decision at the Orange Board of Education meeting in September and to also attend the September meetings of the Orange City Council and the Essex County Board of Freeholders to solicit support for Zuniga. The specific dates and times for those meetings will be announced next week or people can call POP at (973)801-0001.

snap action for mumia abu jamal

on a cold afternoon mid winter some dedicated mumia supporters and activist did a snap action out front of the us consulate on the 11 july 2015 U.S. political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal is currently facing a medical emergency and requires urgent quality medical assistance now! This solidarity action, called by Anarchist Black Cross and the Doin Time Show on community radio 3CR took place outside the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne. It was endorsed by the Freedom Socialist Party, Indigenous Social Justice Association Melbourne, Justice Action and Noelle Hanrahan from San Francisco based Prison Radio,justice action Sydney Listen to 3CR 8:55 AM on Monday 13 July 4pm Melbourne time australia for a broadcast of the speakout

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http://www.freemumia.com/
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assistance association for political prisoners ( burma ) june 15 chronology

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June 2015, Chronology
Summary of the Current
Situation
June, 2015
Table of Contents
Month in Review
Detentions
Incarcerations
Releases
Conditions of Detentions
Demonstrations and Related Restrictions on
Political and Civil Liberties
Restrictions on Former Political Prisoners
Land Issues
Key International and Domestic Developments
Conclusions and Analysis
Links
As of the end of June, there are
169 political prisoners
incarcerated in Burma, with 446
activists currently awaiting trial
for political actions.
“There can be no national reconciliation in Burma, as long as
there are political prisoners”
Source: Eleven Myanmar
June 2015, Chronology
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This month, 24 political activists were charged
in total. One of the 24 was arrested and
imprisoned. Seventeen were sentenced, and
seven were released. Four political prisoners
are reported to be in bad health.
On June 25, the Union Parliament voted on the
amendment of the Constitution. While 75
percent of votes were needed for the
amendments to pass, only 67 percent of the 538
lawmakers present voted in favor. The result
confirms the hold of the military over the
legislature, as their veto right will not be lifted.
Another major consequence of the refusal of the
amendment is that the military can still block
the continuing attempts to amend the
Constitution to allow Aung San Suu Kyi to run
in the 2015 general election. Following the vote
she made a statement claiming that the failure
to amend the Constitution would benefit her
party, the National League for Democracy
(NLD), as people can now clearly see who is
working for reforms in the country.
On June 18, the Union Parliament had passed
the controversial bill amending the National
Education Law. Students were further angered
by the vote as lawmakers had made several
commitments to student activists earlier this
year and failed to honor them; the amendment
bill failed to include key provisions agreed upon
in its amendments. The now-enacted National
Education Law “is very different, both in
concept and essence” from the 11 demands
student leaders had managed to impose in the
talks. One student activist commented: “They
have broken their promises and agreements.”
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The trial of the detained students and activists
who were arrested in March 2015 in Letpadan
for opposing the National Education Law is still
ongoing. In response to the violence used
against them during the crackdown, the All
Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU),
with the assistance of the human rights NGO
Equality Myanmar, plans on suing the police
responsible for the violent crackdown. They
plan to write complaint letters, collect evidence
and involve the Myanmar National Human
Rights Commission in the process.
In light of the draft Prison Law released earlier
this month, which contains no provisions for
political prisoners, former political prisoner
groups have demanded that any law enacted
must include provisions specifically pertaining
to political prisoners. Currently the government
denies the existence of political prisoners in
Burma’s jails and as such, political prisoners
are treated as criminals. One of the provisions
the former political prisoner groups want
included in the Prison Law is the prohibition of
hard labor for political prisoners.
(9 June 2015 – Myanmar Times) (19 June 2015
– The Irrawaddy) (19 June 2015 – RFA)
(25
June 2015 – The Irrawaddy) (27 June 2015 –
RFA/Burmese)
MONTH IN REVIEW
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DETENTIONS
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Monk Defrocked and Detained for
Alleged Illegal Mining
Yay Pu Sayadaw, a monk residing in Yay Pu
Monastery in Mogok Township, was arrested,
defrocked and detained on June 9. The Gem
Traders’ Association had filed a lawsuit against
him under Section 41(a) and (b) of the Gems
Law for destroying five old pagodas and
precious stones when he tried to build a new
pagoda. Even though the demolition was
approved by the Township Sangha Nayaka
Committee, Yay Pu Sayadaw was arrested on
the allegation that the work entailed “illegal
mining”.
As well as taking a leading role in the 2007
Saffron Revolution, Yay Pu Sayadaw had
previously played a major role in protests
against the construction of the headquarters of
the Gem Traders’ Association on the shores of
the Mogok’s iconic lake.
He is currently detained at Mogok Township
Police Station. Soe Htay, a member of 88
Generation Peace and Open Society, Mogok
Township said Yae-Pu residents have collected
the signatures for the release of Yay Pu
Sayadaw and they plan to send the signatures
to state level authorities and judiciary
departments.
(10 June 2015 – BBC/Burmese) (17 June 2015 –
Myanmar Times)
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INCARCERATIONS
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Naw Ohn Hla Sentenced to Six Months
On June 26, 2015, activist Naw Ohn Hla was
sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard
labor at the Dagon Township court while she was
detained in Insein Prison. The sentence was
handed down two years after she was charged in
2013, under Section 296 for disturbing a
religious assembly, for leading a prayer
campaign at Shwedagon Pagoda for the release
of Aung San Suu Kyi in 2007.
She is currently serving four years and four
months of prison in Insein Prison for calling for
an investigation into the death of Khin Win in
Letpadaung region in December 2014.
Furthermore, she was charged under Section 18
of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful
Procession Act by Ahlon, Kyauktada and
Sanchaung Townships, and is still facing trial for
a protest outside the Chinese Embassy.
(26 June 2015 – DVB/Burmese)
Chinese Embassy Protesters Sentenced
On January 1, 2015, three Democratic Force
Party members, 69 year-old Ba Myint, Soe Zaw
and Htay Aung, staged a rally in front of the
Chinese embassy and called for an investigation
into the death of Khin Win, who was shot dead at
the Letpadaung copper mine.
They were sentenced on June 19 to four months
in prison with hard labor under Section 18 of the
Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act
at the Dagon Township Court.
Ba Myint had already been sentenced to three
months in prison for a protest against Ohn
Myint, the Union Minister for Livestock,
Fisheries and Rural Development, and to
another three months for a rally against the
arrest of Burma citizens on Koh Tao in Thailand.
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He is currently serving a total of one year and
11 months in prison.
(4 June 2015- Eleven ) (June 2015 – Eleven)
Protesters Sentenced to One Month in
Prison Under Section 18
Htain Lin Aung, Kyaw Zin Oo, Tin Soe, Hla
Hla Aye, Than Than Htwe and Thu Zaw Kyi
Win, were sentenced to one month in prison
on June 3, 2015 and are currently detained in
Insein prison.
In June 2014, Kyaw Hein had been sentenced
to one month in prison for organizing a
Buddhist preaching ceremony without
permission; Htain Lin Aung, Kyaw Zin Oo, Tin
Soe, Hla Hla Aye, Than Than Htwe and Thu
Zaw Kyi organized a protest against the verdict
and were indicted under Section 18 in June
2014.
Htin Lin Oo Sentenced to Two Years
with Hard Labor
Htin Lin Oo, information officer for the
National League for Democracy (NLD), was
sentenced to two years in prison on June 2
with hard labor by the Chaung-U Township
Court. He was arrested in October 2014 for
arguing at a literary festival that
discrimination on racial and religious grounds
was incompatible with the central tenets of
Buddhism.
He was found guilty under Article 295 (a) of
the Penal Code which prohibits “deliberate
and malicious acts intended to outrage
religious feelings”. He was acquitted of his
charge under Article 298 of the Penal Code,
which proscribes “uttering words […] with
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deliberate intent to wound religious feelings”,
because of insufficient evidence.
Htin Lin Oo had already spent six months in
custody whilst awaiting trial.
(2 June 2015 – The Irrawaddy)
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RELEASES
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Zaw Win Freed After Completion of
Sentence
Activist Zaw Win, who was sentenced under
section 505 (b), for calling for the resignation of
the government, was freed on June 26, after his
prison sentence ended. He has been arrested and
sentenced to one year and a half in prison by
three different townships for staging a protest
with Myanmar Democratic Current Force
(MDCF) members.
Six More Activists Freed
Six more activists were freed in June 2015 on
completion of their prison sentences:
Luu Aye and Theingi detained in Insein Prison;
the gold miner Ma Thu Thu Aye detained in
Nyaung Oo Prison; Ma Htwe detained in Pegu
Prison; Pho Kyaw detained in Mandalay Prison;
and Chit Min Oo detained in Pakokku Prison.
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CONDITIONS OF DETENTIONS
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Student Activists Banned from
Receiving Visits
Thirty-five activists currently on trial for their
involvement in the National Education Law
protest in Letpadan have been banned from
receiving visits in Tharyarwaddy prison amid
allegations of family members smuggling
prohibited items in jail.
Prisoners were found with cigarettes and betel
nut on June 16, after a court hearing.
However, their lawyers assured them that the
prison manual allows prisoners to have
cigarettes.
(24 June 2015 – DVB)
MP Says Handcuffing in Court Is
Against Human Rights
NLD MP, Win Myint, has denounced the
practice of handcuffing prisoners during their
court appearances as a violation of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights as
well as of the Myanmar Police Manual.
“This practice contravenes Article 5 of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
which states that no one shall be subjected to
torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment, as well as the
directives of the Myanmar Police Manual,”
said Win Myint.
(18 June 2015 – The Myanmar Times)
Three Detained Student Activists Have
Health Issues
Three student activists, Ye Win Aung, Mya Gyi
and Lwin Ko Ko Aung, were arrested and
beaten during the Letpadan crackdown on
March 10, 2015.
They were sent that same night to the
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hospital. As they have not been provided with
adequate healthcare in prison since then, they
are currently suffering from dizziness and are
occasionally vomiting after eating.
Two Jailed Activists Hospitalized for
Letpadan Injuries
Khin Hlaing, a 26-year old student, had to be
transferred from Tharyarwaddy Prison to
Rangoon General Hospital after he coughed up
blood on the bus on the way to his court
hearing on June 9. According to former
ABFSU leader Ba Thad Aung, this was the
result of the injuries sustained during the
violent Letpadan crackdown of March 10,
2015. The hearing was postponed to June 16.
Khin Hlaing collapsed again in court on June
30 and was rushed to the hospital. The doctors
discovered that he was suffering from a
gastrointestinal rupture.
Another activist who was arrested during the
Letpadan crackdown – 44-year old Tin Win –
collapsed on June 3 during a court hearing and
was brought to Rangoon General Hospital
where he was admitted for throat surgery. The
injuries sustained during the crackdown had
crushed his esophagus and damaged his
nervous system. He is now recovering from the
surgery.
Both patients are now seeking release on bail
so they can recover at home after being
discharged from hospital, but it is unclear
whether their request will be granted.
(9 June 2015 -DVB) (9 June 2015 -RFA) (9
June 2015 – RFA/Burmese)
(9 June 2015 – Eleven Myanmar) (11 June
2015 – Irrawaddy) (30 June 2015 – DVB)
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DEMONSTRATIONS AND RELATED RESTRICTIONS ON
POLITICAL AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
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Two NLD Members Charged for
Trespassing while Examining Voters
List
Two NLD members, Tin Htay and Sein Mya
Maung, who have observed the voters list in
Zabuthiri Township, Naypyidaw, on June 18,
were charged under section 447 for trespassing
on June 20.
According to Nyi Nyi Zaw, a member of NLD,
Naypyidaw Council, the two observers were
given permission to enter the house and
examine the list; however, they were charged
for trespassing.
(27 June 2015 – RFA/Burmese) (27 June 2015
– 7 Day Daily)
Seventeen Journalists Charged for
Contempt of Court
On June 17, the Chief Editor of Daily Eleven
News, Wai Phyo, announced that he and 16
other journalists from Daily Eleven News were
being sued by Burma’s Ministry of
Information. The Minister pursued charges for
contempt of court, which carries a penalty of
up to six months in prison, for reporting on its
own legal proceedings in a separate
defamation case brought by the government.
The trial will be held in Mandalay Division.
(17 June 2015 – The Irrawaddy)
Nay Myo Kyaw Sentenced Under Section
18
Nay Myo Kyaw, NLD secretary of Magwe
Division, was sentenced by the Magwe
Township court to one month of prison or to
pay a 20,000 Kyat fine on June 15, 2015.
He
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was charged in June 2014 under Section 18
of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful
Procession Act for organizing without
permission a campaign rally to amend Article
436, Section 27 for using a loudspeaker
without permission and Section 447 for
trespassing.
Nay Myo Kyaw chose to pay the fine.
(15 June 2015 – RFA/Burmese)
Three Protesters and 88 Generation
Leaders Summoned to Court
Four protesters, including 88 Generation
Peace and Open Society leader Ko Ko Gyi,
were charged under Section 19 for staging a
protest to take back the sports ground in
South Okkalapa Township park that had
been confiscated by the Union Solidarity
Party (USDP), were summoned by South
Okkalapa Township court on June 15.
Ko Ko Gyi was summoned six months after
the facts, after he announced his intention to
run in the election in June.
(15 June 2015 – BBC/Burmese)
Journalists Banned from Upper House
After being banned from the Lower House on
May 26, journalists have also had their
access to the Upper House restricted as of
June 1. They can no longer follow the debates
and votes in person but have to observe them
from a special room. The deputy director
general of the Upper House explained that
the decision was for “security”. Nevertheless,
journalists suspect that it has more to do
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with threats to politicians’ image rather than
their physical safety.
(2 June 2015 – Myanmar Times)
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LAND ISSUES
1
Army Removes Gold Miners from Land
Around 300 gold miners who worked in
Taung-Lal village, Thabeikkyin Township,
Mandalay Division were removed by Battalion
No. 13 on June 24, as the Burma Army owns
the land. Already on June 22, the soldiers had
come to the village and started living in the
miners’ houses. While most of them left, few
remained in their houses.
In 2007, the army put a sign near the land
stating that the land was now owned by them.
In 2009, the gold miners could use the land by
giving 150,000 Kyat to the army for one gold
mining machine per month. Later the price
decreased to 35,000 Kyat.
(24 June 2015 – RFA/Burmese)
Five Land Leaders Sentenced for
Trespassing
In 2013, land owners were charged under
Section 447 for trespassing by the Department
of Agriculture at Kyauk Padaung Township.
They had tried to take back their land in Pho-
Kone, Zay-Kone, Oho-I, Sipin-Thar and Ilyar
villages, that had been confiscated under the
Burma Socialist Program Party era in 1979.
While most were sentenced to pay a fine, five
leaders were sentenced to prison in early 2015
(this case was made known to us this month – it
is not certain when the sentencing took place).
Htay Win was sentenced to five months, Win
Naing Oo to 22 months and Eaik Mahn to 20
months.
Seventeen Farmers and One of Karen
Peoples Party Chairman Charged
Seventeen farmers and Mhan Ohn Myint
Thein, Karen Peoples Party chairman in
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Southern Rangoon District, were charged
under Section 447 for trespassing by the
Rangoon Divisional Military Headquarters.
The farmers had re-plowed land in Yae-Twin-
Kone and Ah-Bay villages, Twante Township,
Rangoon Division, which had been confiscated
by the army. Mhan Ohn Myint Thein had
helped them try to take back their land.
(16 June 2015 – RFA/Burmese)
Village Destroyed. Four Villagers
Hospitalized
A village was destroyed and four residents and
Zaykabar Company Limited staff received
serious injuries and were hospitalized after a
clash between residents and around 500
company-hired security forces broke out over
disputed land in Sinphon, in Shwe Pauk Kan
Township, Rangoon, on June 12. Zaykabar
Company Limited, owned by a government
official, confiscated the land from residents 17
years ago and informed the residents they had
to leave the land, however some refused. One
of the injured residents filed a case at the
Mingaladon Township Myoma police station
and Zaykabar Company did the same, as some
company staff were injured. 48 houses were
destroyed by the company-hired security
forces and as a result, 400 people are
homeless and have sought shelter in a local
monastery.
(13 June 2015 – RFA/Burmese) (14 June 2015
– DVB/Burmese)
Nieces of Self-Immolated Farmer
Charged for Trespassing
Maw Maw Oo and San San Myint, nieces of
the farmer who died after self-immolating
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during a protest against
land confiscation in
Taunggyi District on May 21, were charged on
the same day under Articles 427 and 447 of
the Penal Code for trespassing and vandalism.
They only discovered they had been charged
in June. They were charged for working at the
farm without permission, even though other
farmers also work without permission and
have not been charged. Maw Maw Oo said
they are targeted because of their relation to
their uncle. The local police chief Tun Myat
Kyaw confirmed Maw Maw Oo and San San
Myint were facing charges under trespassing
but could not confirm the vandalism charge.
(2 June 2015 – DVB) (2 June 2015 – The
Irrawaddy)
Three People Charged After Lobbying a
Chinese-owned Company
Tint Aung Soe, a member of the Myanmar
Alliance for Transparency and Accountability
(MATA), and villagers Khaing Moe Oo and
Thawadar Aung, were charged by the Salingyi
Township police with trespassing,
intimidation and obstructing the sidewalk at
the end of May. They were charged after
pressing the Myanmar Yang Tse Copper Ltd
(MYTCL) Company to release more
information on land issues, local and regional
development, recruitment of workers, and
environmental sustainability.
(2 June 2015 – Myanmar Times)
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KEY INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS
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Former American President Bush Calls
for the Immediate Release of Phyo Phyo
Aung
Former American President, George Bush,
called for the immediate release of ABFSU
General Secretary, Phyo Phyo Aung. He also
urged Burma to hold a free and fair election.
(26 June 2015 – VOA/Burmese)
Second Burma-EU Human Rights
Dialogue Held in Nay Pyi Taw
The second Burma-EU Human Rights
Dialogue was held on June 18 at the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw. Officials
from the Czech Republic, France, Spain,
Belgium and the Netherlands attended the
dialogue. They discussed issues such as labor
and land rights, illegal migration in the
Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean,
trainings in prisons, humanitarian and
development efforts in Arakan State and
participation in international core human
rights instruments and cooperation in
multilateral forum.
(19 June 2015 – The Global New Light of
Myanmar)
Amnesty International Denounces
Media Restriction in Burma
Amnesty International published a report on
June 16, 2015, denouncing the Burma
government’s threats, harassment and
imprisonment meant to intimidate the media
ahead of national elections. The report claims
that efforts to restrict freedom of expression
have intensified over the past year, with at
least ten members of the media currently in
prison, all of them jailed in the last 12 months.
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Even if censorship is no longer used, the
government has nonetheless aggressively
prosecuted publications and journalists over
stories it has found offensive.
“What we are seeing in Myanmar today is
repression dressed up as progress,” said
Amnesty’s Southeast Asia research director,
Rupert Abbott. “Authorities are still relying on
the same old tactics — arrests, surveillance,
threats and jail time to muzzle those
journalists who cover “inconvenient’ topics.”
Amnesty cited the cases since 2014 of at least
ten journalists imprisoned from two to seven
years under criminal charges and “vaguely
formulated laws” and the killing of the
journalist Par Gyi in military custody.
(16 June 2015 – Amnesty International)
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Phyo Phyo Aung received Citizen of
Burma Award
Phyo Phyo Aung, secretary of ABFSU, has
been awarded the 2015 Citizen of Burma
Award by the US based CoBA organization for
her dedication to education reform, leading an
effective movement, and being a good role
model for other citizens. She received US
$10,000 as part of the award to assist her
work in helping the community. She is
currently detained in Tharyarwaddy Prison
and faces up to nine and a half years of
imprisonment.
(8 June 2015 – DVB) (8 June 2015 –
Irrawaddy)
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Conclusion / Analysis
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The result of the secret vote on the
amendment of the Constitution was
greeted with little surprise in both
Burma and within the international
community. In reaffirming the military
power of veto over Constitutional
reform, the vote has also ended any
chance the Aung San Suu Kyi will run in
the 2015 general election. Not only does
this result impact strongly upon the
upcoming elections, but it also shows
that there is little real intention in
conducting genuine lasting democratic
reforms. The status quo of the
Constitution keeps the former military
powers in charge and operates as a
serious barrier to the country’s
democratization. It also sends a warning
for the elections, as there is no guarantee
that the upcoming elections will be free
and fair.
The fears regarding the upcoming
elections are being reinforced by the
imprisonment of activists who were
charged months ago (some were even
charged up to a year ago), yet their trials
are only now being heard in court. Thus,
the government can ensure that activists
remain in prison in the run up to the
election, and intimidate other activists
who remain free. This tactic, in addition
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to the vote against the amendment of the
Constitution, demonstrates the current
government’s approach to the supposed
democratic transition in Burma. With the
additional attempts to detain and restrict
the activities of journalists and media,
there is currently little to encourage the
idea that this government is really
committed to genuine lasting change.
Journalists are now banned from the
Upper House of Parliament as well as the
Lower House. Seventeen journalists were
charged for contempt of court because
they were reporting on the ongoing trial of
their newspaper against the government.
The restrictions have been increasing the
last few months, leading Amnesty
International to denounce this practice in
their June report.
Students charged and detained at the
Letpadan crackdown on March 10 are
being detained under conditions that are
of serious concern. Two activists had to be
rushed to hospital this month due to
inadequate medical attention for the
injuries they sustained during the
crackdown. Moreover, their prolonged
trial adds further weight to the notion that
the government is attempting to keep
activists imprisoned in the run up to the
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Conclusion / Analysis
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election.
The steady rise in political prisoner
numbers and the persistent violations to
fundamental freedoms of expression,
assembly and association as the election
draws closer is hardly indicative of a
country on the road to democracy. If the
current attitude towards democratic
protest and peaceful assembly continues,
then it is difficult to envisage that the
outcome of this year’s election will be free
or fair.
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June 2
Three People Charged After
Lobbying a Chinese-owned
Company (Myanmar Times)
Journalists Banned from Upper
House (Myanmar Times)
Nieces of Self-Immolated
Farmer Charged for
Trespassing (DVB)
Nieces of Self-Immolated
Farmer Charged for
Trespassing (The Irrawaddy)
Htin Lin Oo Sentenced to Two
Years with Hard Labor (The
Irrawaddy)
June 3
Students Denied Bail (DVB)
Eight People Arrested on
Suspicion of Arakan Army
Involvement (Burmanet)
June 4
Chinese Embassy Protesters
Sentenced (Eleven )
June 5
Students Denied Bail (DVB)
June 8
Phyo Phyo Aung received
Citizen of Burma Award (DVB)
Phyo Phyo Aung received
Citizen of Burma Award
(Irrawaddy)
June 9
Two Jailed Activists
Hospitalized for Letpadan
Injuries (DVB)
Two Jailed Activists
Hospitalized for Letpadan
Injuries (RFA)
Links / Resources
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Two Jailed Activists
Hospitalized for Letpadan
Injuries (RFA/Burmese)
Two Jailed Activists
Hospitalized for Letpadan
Injuries (Eleven Myanmar)
All Burma Federation of
Student Unions to Sue the
Police for Violent Crackdown
(Myanmar Times)
June 10
Monk Defrocked and Detained
for Alleged Illegal Mining
(BBC/Burmese)
June 11
Two Jailed Activists
Hospitalized for Letpadan
Injuries (The Irrawaddy)
June 13
Village Destroyed and Four
Villagers Hospitalized
(RFA/Burmese)
June 14
Village Destroyed. Four
Villagers Hospitalized
(DVB/Burmese)
June 15
Eight People in Connection
with Arakan Army Exempted
from Charges (Mizzima)
Nay Myo Kyaw Sentenced
Under Section 18
(RFA/Burmese)
Four Protesters and 88
Generation Leader Charged
(BBC/Burmese)
3
June 16
Amnesty International
Denounces Media Restriction
in Burma (Amnesty
International)
Seventeen Farmers and One of
Karen’s People Party’s
Chairman Charged
(RFA/Burmese)
June 17
Seventeen Journalists Charged
for Contempt of Court (The
Irrawaddy)
Monk Defrocked and Detained
for Alleged Illegal Mining
(Myanmar Times)
June 18
MP Says Handcuffing in Court
Is Against Human Rights (The
Myanmar Times)
June 19
Second Burma-EU Human
Rights Dialogue Held in Nay
Pyi Taw (The Global New Light
of Myanmar)
Parliament Votes Education
Bill Without Students Key
Provisions (The Irrawaddy)
Parliament Votes Education
Bill Without Students Key
Provisions (RFA)
June 24
Student Activists Banned from
Receiving Visits (DVB)
Army Removes Gold Miners
from Land (RFA/Burmese)
June 26
Former American President
Bush Calls for the Immediate
June 2015, Chronology
17
4
Release of Phyo Phyo Aung
(VOA/Burmese)
June 27
Two NLD Members Charged for
Trespassing while Examining
Voters List (RFA/Burmese)
Two NLD Members Charged for
Trespassing while Examining
Voters List (7 Day Daily)
June 30
Two Jailed Activists
Hospitalized for Letpadan
Injuries (DVB)
5
6
Contact Information:
Tate Naing, Secretary
+66 (0) 81 2878 751
(Thailand)
Bo Kyi, Joint Secretary
+95 (0) 94 2530 8840
(Burma)

CALL AGAIN! Emergency Medical Campaign for Robert Seth Hayes Resumes

As previously noted, Seth Hayes finally began to receive medical intervention for both his Hepatitis C and poorly-managed diabetes roughly a month ago. This development is no doubt thanks to many people who made calls on his behalf. Unfortunately, Seth is still suffering from undiagnosed and untreated chronic bleeding and abdominal growths. Many calls have been made to Health Services in regards to these conditions that warrant urgent assessment, and there has been no response. Please join in calling and faxing Health Services this week, stating that you are calling about Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, at Sullivan Correctional Facility, and requesting:

— For coughing up blood, that he be given the results of the chest Xray he was given in May, as well as a PPD (TB skin test), and (if chest Xray was unrevealing) a chest Cat scan. Additionally, if there is any concern about heart failure from the chest Xray, that he be given an ECHO.

— For the lump on his abdomen, an abdominal ultrasound or Cat scan. For the ones on his chest wall, a Dermatology consult where they do a biopsy if it is appropriate next step or advise Seth as to what the lesions are.

On Monday 7/6, Tuesday 7/7 and Wednesday 7/8 please call:

***Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann, Chief Medical Officer, DOCCS Division of Health Services at (518) 457-7073

***Holly, Health Services Supervisor, at (518) 445-6176

On Thursday 7/9 and Friday 7/10, please fax (you can use a free online fax service like faxzero.com if needed):

***Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D. at Fax: (518) 445-7553

***Holly at Fax: (518) 445-6157

DON’T FORGET TO MENTION ROBERT SETH HAYES #74A2280, CURRENTLY AT SULLIVAN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

Write to Seth:

Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 116
Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116

To contribute to ongoing efforts supporting Robert Seth Hayes, please donate online at: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/810a58 r_s_hayes2005

iranian teacher union leader jailed (04 July 2015)

Esmail Abdi, the general secretary of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, was arrested following his attempt to obtain a visa to attend the 7th Education International World Congress in Ottawa, Canada later this month.
Esmail Abdi has been arrested after trying to obtain a travel visa for EI’s 7th World Congress in Ottawa, Canada

According to reports, Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA) General Secretary Esmail Abdi was taken into custody on June 27 after he was prevented from traveling to Armenia to obtain a travel visa for Canada. Abdi intended on participating in Education International’s (EI) 7th World Congress in Ottawa from 21 to 26 July. The ITTA is an affiliate of EI.

EI calls on the ILO and UNESCO to take action

“Preventing Esmail Abdi to leave the country to attend EI’s 7th World Congress is a serious violation of human rights standards,” said EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen. “There is no excuse for placing him under arrest. This is unacceptable. We are contacting the Iranian authorities demanding his immediate release. We are also requesting the heads of ILO and UNESCO to intervene.”

After Abdi’s passport was confiscated at the border he was ordered to return to Tehran to meet with prosecutors after an apparent order was sent banning Abdi from leaving Iran. However, upon reporting to the prosecution office he was arrested while more than 70 teachers waited outside in support.

Abdi’s arrest is the latest incident involving Iranian authorities’ efforts to silence the trade union leader. In addition to a 10 year suspended sentence handed down in response to his trade union work, reports also reveal that Abdi has been under pressure from the Intelligence Ministry to resign from his position with the ITTA.

Abdi’s incarceration comes after nationwide rallies were held earlier this year to protest wages that leave the majority of teachers below the poverty line.
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Another political prisoner in CZ! PLEASE SHARE

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CZECH REPUBLIC:
Yesterday, 29.6.2015, the district court of Prague 6 ruled to put I. in
custody.

I. was accused in another case of repression of ‘ultra-left extremism’.
He was taken on Friday in and charged on Sunday.

According to the police, I. took part in the ‘attack’ on the house of
the
minister of defense of Czech republic with Molotov cocktails. (8.6.2015)

There are no photos nor videos of this ‘attack’. There was no actual
fire,
despite 4 bottles having been thrown.

No other evidence of the ‘attack’ has been made public,
nobody claimed responsibility for it.

With the knowledge, that the alleged planning of an attack on a military
train
was staged by infiltrated police agents, this ‘attack’ looks suspicious.

The fact that I. is a Russian citizen,
plays into the context of political discourse rather suspiciously well.

I. got the worst type of custody with very strict conditions.

More info in English soon.

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