Ac­tivists urge trans­parency in Kachin death in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Myanmar Times - - News - Yeemon­tun@mm­times.com YE MON

KACHIN ac­tivists protested in Yan­gon’s Tarmwe town­ship yes­ter­day, urg­ing govern­ment of­fi­cials to make de­tails pub­lic sur­round­ing the death of univer­sity stu­dent Maung Gum Seng Aung who was gunned down by a sol­dier in Kachin State’s My­itky­ina town­ship last month.

Nearly 30 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Kachin stu­dents, chanted “Do not kill stu­dents, do not kill peo­ple” and “Jus­tice for Gum Seng Aung” dur­ing the protest. They fear the case will close with­out truth or jus­tice.

‘We are afraid that the mil­i­tary is not go­ing to re­veal the truth, so we want the sol­dier ques­tioned in civil­ian court.’

Ko Jum Maw Latt Maw Uni­ver­si­ties of Kachin Lit­er­a­ture and Cul­ture Fed­er­a­tion

Maung Gum Seng Aung, 19, a firstyear stu­dent at My­itky­ina’s Com­puter Univer­sity, was killed on June 20.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice records, dur­ing a melee Maung Gum Seng Aung tried to grab a firearm out of the hands of a sol­dier, Ko Maung Maung, who then fired. Maung Gum Seng Aung was struck by a bul­let in the left col­lar­bone and died at the scene.

Ko Jum Maw Latt Maw, a mem­ber of the Uni­ver­si­ties of Kachin Lit­er­a­ture and Cul­ture Fed­er­a­tion, said they want truth in the case and they want the sol­dier who fired the gun to tes­tify in civil­ian court, he said.

“We are afraid that the mil­i­tary is not go­ing to re­veal the truth, so we want the sol­dier ques­tioned in civil­ian court,” he said.

Po­lice Colonel Myo Thura Naung from My­itky­ina said the case is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and he de­clined to pro­vide ad­di­tional de­tails or spec­ify on the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Uni­ver­si­ties of Kachin Lit­er­a­ture and Cul­ture Fed­er­a­tion re­leased a state­ment yes­ter­day, stat­ing that the young stu­dent’s death makes ev­ery­one in the coun­try less safe.

Ko Sali Aung, a se­nior mem­ber of the fed­er­a­tion, asked the govern­ment to bring the per­pe­tra­tor to jus­tice with the full force of the state and have him tried in a civil­ian court in a trans­par­ent and fair man­ner.

“The mur­der of Gum Seng Aung at­tests to mil­i­tary per­son­nel’s com­plete dis­re­gard for ex­ist­ing laws, pos­ing a se­ri­ous threat to the col­lec­tive dig­nity and the safety of the whole stu­dent com­mu­nity,” he said.

Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing

Ac­tivists hold plac­ards in Yan­gon yes­ter­day call­ing for jus­tice in the case of Maung Gum Seng Aung, who was killed by a Tat­madaw sol­dier in Kachin State last month.

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