Tue 22 Oct 2013
Filed under: Human Rights,Inside Burma,News
The democracy activist who was arrested for demonstrating against the section of the Assembly and Procession Law that prohibits peaceful demonstrations like his has been sentenced to prison under the law, his wife said.
Ko Htin Kyaw was sentenced to prison by the Kyauktadar Township Court on 21 October under Section 18 of the law, which bans all public protests that do not have prior permission from authorities, said his wife Ma Than Than Maw.
Ko Htin Kyaw staged a lone demonstration against Section 18 in front of the same court in July, calling for the relevant section of the law to be abolished.
“The sentence was announced at noon,” Ma Than Than Maw said, adding that her husband was transferred to Insein Prison that afternoon.
Ko Htin Kyaw said he faced 10 cases of breaching Section 18 in six different townships of Yangon. The cases relate to five protests in which he was the sole protester and participation in six group protests.
All 11 protests were peaceful.