call for action ’ immediate and unconditional release.

13 November 2015
AAPP calls for immediate action and an investigation into acts of
torture committed against students Si Thu Myant and Soe Hlaing at Myin
Gyan Prison on November 6, 2015 and demands the studentsStudent

On November 6, Si Thu Myant and Soe Hlaing were covered in blankets
and brutally beaten by prison guards at Myin Gyan prison. In addition
to this the pair were deprived of water. According to the UN
Convention Against Torture definition, this treatment amounts to
torture.

The torture came after the pair decided to join a hunger strike on
November 5, started by students in Tharrawaddy Prison to demand the
release of all political prisoners.

On November 9- only one day after the election, the students were
forced to end their hunger strike as a result of the brutal beatings
and deprivation of water.

Si Thu Myant and Soe Hlaing attended their court hearing on November
12, where they attempted to bring the case of torture to the court.
The judge dismissed the case, stating that there was not enough time
to open a new case. The two have since been moved to separate
cellblocks.

Si Thu Myat was initially arrested on March 27 for his involvement in
a demonstration in Myin Gyan Township protesting the violent dispersal
of students at a peaceful demonstration in Latpandan Township on March
10. He faces charges under Articles 143, 147, 145, 505 (b) of the
Penal Code and Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful
Procession Act.

Soe Hlaing, an executive committee member of All Burma Federation
Students Union (ABFSU) in Myingyan township, was arrested on March 11
for allegedly removing a state flag and replacing it with a student
flag in Myin Gyan township on January 26, despite the fact that he
says he was not there. He faces charges under Section 16 of the Union
Flag Law and Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful
Procession Act.

AAPP calls for an independent investigation into the torture of Si Thu
Myant and Soe Hlaing and demands prompt legal action to be taken
against those culpable. In addition, AAPP demands that special,
adequate health care is provided to these students.

With the impending transition into a new government in Burma, AAPP
urges the current Burma government to release all political prisoners.
This would be seen a show of good faith towards the transition to a
new government and would gain sympathy and recognition from the
domestic and international community. It also presents an opportunity
for the current government to leave a positive legacy of commitment to
address human rights issues.

Contact details:
Tate Naing, AAPP Secretary: +66 (0) 81-2878751
Bo Kyi, AAPP Joint Secretary: +66(0)81 9628 713
Email: info@aappb.org

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