ALP officer awarded prize for human rights work
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.