ALP of­fi­cer awarded prize for hu­man rights work

The Myanmar Times - - News - NYAN LYNN AUNG nyan­lin­aung@mm­times.com

THE fam­ily of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer who has been de­tained on what many believe are po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated charges ac­cepted an award on his be­half last week.

Arakan Lib­er­a­tion Party mem­ber U Khin Myo Tun was ar­rested on July 25 for in­cite­ment and defama­tion un­der sec­tions 505(b) and (c) of the pe­nal code. He was de­tained over ties to his party’s re­port al­leg­ing the Tat­madaw had com­mit­ted war crimes, vi­o­lated the Geneva Con­ven­tion and forced civil­ians to porter. The state min­is­ter for se­cu­rity and bor­der af­fairs has said the law­suit against U Khin Myo Tun could be re­con­sid­ered if the party re­tracts its re­port.

On Oc­to­ber 2, U Khine Myo Tun’s fam­ily was pre­sented US$2000 and 16.3 grams of gold mat­ter in Sit­twe for the Rakhine Na­tion­al­ity Abil­ity Prize, awarded by a lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tion.

U Khine Kaung San, who pre­sented the award, praised U Khine Myo Tun for his work as a hu­man rights de­fender.

“The courts are pow­er­less so long as the gov­ern­ment and the Tat­madaw con­tinue to deny in­volve­ment in hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and pros­e­cute hu­man rights ac­tivists,” he said.

The de­fence coun­sel for the ALP of­fi­cer, U Myo Myat Hein, said he was op­ti­mistic about the case. “Not much has been said so far. We will do our best to de­fend against the charges,” he said. The next hear­ing is sched­uled for to­day.

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