Saturday, February 9, 2013

Take action to free Mading Zau Bawk! No Political Prisoners must be left behind in Burma’s jails!

The military-backed government in Burma still uses torture, harassment and arbitrary arrest towards its civilians.

Mading Zau Bawk is a 23-year-old Kachin farmer who was arrested in May 2012 and tortured brutally by the military-backed government in Burma. While he was farming, he was arrested by Burmese Army 37th battalion on suspicion of being a solider from Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The KIA is the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organisation, which works for democracy and more autonomy for the Kachin people.

He is currently still on trial and he has been charged under the Unlawful Associations Act 17(1), which the military-backed government in Burma uses to ban people from associating with pro-democracy groups. According to a family member, he has been suffering pain all over his body due to severe beatings and he has had trouble hearing.

Please write to British Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire MP asking him to take action to secure the immediate release of Mading Zau Bawk and for the release of all of Burma’s remaining political prisoners.

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