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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Ko Htin Kyaw


Detained Since: October 26, 2016.

Charges: Making, publishing or circulating a statement, rumor or report that may impede a member of the Tatmadaw [Burmese Army] in the execution of their duty.

Sentence: Two years in prison and a fine.

Biography: 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 was released in April 2016 released under an amnesty granted by President U Htin Kyaw. However, he was rearrested that October after being alleged to have used offensive language when he accused the military of committing human rights abuses with impunity outside a court in Rangoon.