Posted by: becketfund | November 18, 2008

Myanmar: Courts Imprison Ethnic and Religious Minorities

YANGON – A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced three ethnic minority activists and a well-known Buddhist monk to prison on November 18 as part of a continued crackdown on pro-democracy activists, the AP reported on November 18. Chin leader Chin Sian Thang said a court inside Yangon’s Insein Prison on Tuesday sentenced his son, Kam Lat Khaot to 33 years in prison and his nephew, Kai Kham Kwal, to eight years, and at the same court hearing member of the Arakan minority was given 33 years. Five United Nations experts issued a statement in Geneva strongly condemning the “severe convictions and the unfair trials of prisoners of conscience in Myanmar.” At least 70 activists were sentenced to prison terms last week, and another seven on November 17.

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