FREE POLITICAL PRISONERS IN
BURMA/ MYANMAR NOW !
To: Mr. Eamon Gilmore, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade
Dear Mr. Gilmore
In partnership with Burma Action Ireland, we are writing to express our concern that the Burmese government is continuing to arrest farmers, activists, human rights defenders, and ethnic minorities. This is despite the Burmese government’s claim that all political prisoners/prisoners of conscience were to be released by the end of December 2013.
The release of hundreds of political prisoners in the past three years has been long overdue and is very welcome. However, many individuals have been granted conditional amnesty only and hundreds more are currently being processed by Burma’s courts or detained without charges. Even those who are fortunate enough to be recognised as political prisoners and subsequently released are subject to intimidation and re-arrest.
For example, Naw Ohn Hla, arrested in August 2013 for organizing peaceful protests against government abuses at the Letpadaung copper mine, was granted amnesty in November 2013. She had been previously arrested in 2009 and granted amnesty in 2011. On December 10, 2013, less than one month after her second high-profile release, she was re-arrested and charged with offences dating back to 2007.
Notably, Naw Ohn Hla and all other political prisoners have been released only conditionally. Conditional releases mean that individuals can be re-arrested at any time if the government decides they have violated the terms of their parole. Individuals who are re-arrested and re-sentenced are subject to serve both their new sentence and the remainder of their previous sentence.
Many of those being arrested are from the Rohingya and Kachin ethnic groups. Exact numbers of ethnic political prisoners are difficult to verify. Approximately 1,000 Rohingya were detained in Arakan State following the outbreak of violence in June 2012. Most remain in prison, though at least 68 died in custody before December 2012. The hundreds of detained Rohingya who have been charged and convicted have faced great discrimination, and have been denied due process – legal representation, definite sentences and trials. Many are likely to be innocent.
We urge the Irish government to take action at EU level to request that the Burmese government:
1. Release unconditionally all political prisoners immediately.
2. Ensure that all prisoners, in particular Kachin and Rohingya detainees, receive proper due process rights, legal representation, and trial opportunities in accordance with international law.
3. Establish a permanent independent political prisoner review mechanism involving international expertise, with the power to accept submissions and independently investigate cases and with the power to make recommendations to the government and Parliament.
Thank you for your consideration of these recommendations. We hope that you can act promptly to support the process of the full and transparent release of all political prisoners in Burma and the implementation of much-needed legal reform.
All signed petitions are sent directly to the Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org
This petition is now closed.
End date: May 31, 2014
Signatures collected: 125
Signature goal: 500
Number of Signatures: 125
|125||Kent Castelo||Dublin||Ireland||May 22, 2014|
|124||nabeel mirza||dublin||Ireland||May 22, 2014|
|123||Jason Moore||Dublin||Ireland||May 22, 2014|
|122||Patrick Moran||Dublin||Dublin||May 22, 2014|
|121||Marlena Karkosa||Dublin||May 22, 2014|
|120||Theresa Kleineck||Mesquite||USA||May 21, 2014|
|119||Brindusa Luminita Cimpan||Gura Humorului||Romania||May 13, 2014|
|118||Eugene Barrett||Dublin||Ireland||May 13, 2014|
|117||Melanie Morris||Atlanta||USA||May 13, 2014|
|116||Shofique Islam||Dublin||Ireland||May 12, 2014|
|115||Ramona Lionti||Gura Humorului||Romania||May 11, 2014|
|114||Danijela Zuletović||Sarajevo||BiH||May 08, 2014|
|113||Khloe Dempsey||Dublin||Ireland||May 08, 2014|
|112||Melissa Barnes||Ireland||May 08, 2014|
|111||aoife keogh||dublin||Ireland||May 08, 2014|
|110||Ben Mallon||Dublin||Ireland||May 08, 2014|
|109||Aisling McSweeney||Celbridge||Ireland||May 08, 2014|
|108||sorcha carr||Kildare||Ireland||May 08, 2014|
|107||Claire Kennedy||Kildare||Ireland||May 08, 2014|
|106||Katie O'Reilly||May 08, 2014|
|105||michaela dunphy||dublin||Ireland||May 08, 2014|
|104||Nadine Carrig||dublin||May 08, 2014|
|103||Oana Urzica||Gura Humorului||Romania||May 07, 2014|
|102||Morosan Alina||Gura Humorului||Romania||May 07, 2014|
|101||Laura Moreno||Caracas||Venezuela||May 06, 2014|
|100||A D||Raleigh||US||May 06, 2014|
|99||Kayleigh Dowling||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|98||Jayne O Reilly||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|97||kaitlyne lambert||dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|96||Suzanne Carberry||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|95||Erica Foster||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|94||Weronika Nowak||Poznan||Poland||May 06, 2014|
|93||Shannon Barry||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|92||Erika Rollo||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|91||Nadene Doherty||dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|90||Shauna Connaughton||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|89||caoimhe monks||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|88||Shauna Shelley||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|87||Jessica Dunne||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|86||Lauren Redmond||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|85||Jasmine Doran||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|84||Sarah Wren||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|83||yasmin dirir||dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|82||Gemma O' Gorman||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
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|80||Michaela Kearney||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|79||Mikaela Carberry||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|78||Gwen Kavanagh||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|77||Malaika Ngwa||Dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|
|76||chelsey murphy||dublin||Ireland||May 06, 2014|