Sunday, March 01, 2009

Ma Khin Khin Leh is Now Free!

After almost a decade in prison, Burmese prisoner of conscience Ma Khin Khin Leh was released by the Myanmar authorities last Saturday, February 21st. Since 1999, Ma Khin Khin Leh, a school teacher, had been imprisoned due to her family’s pro-democracy work. She and her husband, Kyaw Wunna, were organizing a peaceful demonstration in Bago. Days before the planned demonstration, authorities came to arrest her husband. While Kyaw Wunna was not there, authorities did find Ma Khin Khin Leh and the couple's three-year old daughter, Thaint Whunna Khin. Ma Khin Khin Leh and her daughter both were arrested. Thaint Whunna Khin was held for five days, and became the one of the world’s youngest political prisoners. Ma Khin Khin Leh was given a life sentence, and served almost 10 years before her release last week.

Ma Khin Khin Leh, along with Aung San Suu Kyi and U Win Tin, was featured in last year’s Get on the Bus action. Since Get on the Bus 2008, both Ma Khin Khin Leh and U Win Tin, Myanmar’s longest held prisoner of conscience, have been released. Unfortunately, Aung San Suu Kyi, the nation’s democratically elected leader, remains under house arrest.

Thank you for all of your work to help free Ma Khin Khin Leh. Now that she is free, let’s use our powerful energy to call for the unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi and the estimated 2,100 remaining political prisoners in Myanmar!

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