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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Ko Htin Kyaw

 

Ko Htin Kyaw is a political activist and director of the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF), a community-based organization in Burma.  He was arrested on May 5, 2014, for his peaceful activism in South Okkalapa Township in Yangon.  MDCF held a demonstration in April 2014 calling for the return of land that had been illegally seized by the Burmese government earlier in the year.  The Burmese government claimed that this was a threat to national security and charged him with making statements conducive to public mischief and violating laws of peaceful assembly.  He is currently serving multiple sentences totaling more than 12 years.