Statement on Recent Detainees in Relation to the Military Coup News Updated on 5 Feb 2021

5 February 2021

AAPP would like to update you to developments on political detainees in relation to the coup by the Burma military on 1 February.

On 5 February NLD stalwart U Win Htein was detained and charged under Section 124(a) for “sedition” by the Burma military. Win Htein is 79 years-old and is in poor health due to long sentences in prison during the military regime.

It has also been verified that 2 police officers were detained due to activism (CSO detainees) through Facebook posts against the military coup on 3 February. Previously unverified Saw Oakkar Oo was arrested on 4 February and charged 5 February under the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law and Natural Disaster Management Law, along with 3 others previously identified for a Mandalay street protest. On 5 February headmistress Dr Cho Yu Mon, was arrested and charged under Penal Code Section 505(b) for taking part in a “red ribbon” campaign in her school, Hpa-an Township, Karen State.

This means that there have now been 134 officials/lawmakers and 18 civil society activists detained in relation to the military coup. A total of 152 political detainees since the early hours of 1 February.

There are also reports of various arrests against protestors across the country on 5 February as the civil disobedience campaign continues. In particular 30 people have reportedly been detained in Mandalay for taking part in the “Drumming out of Evil” campaign. On February 5, an unidentified man from Thaton, Mon Sate was sentenced to 7 days for his involvement in “Drumming out of Evil”. And also on 5 Fe
one woman who was sentenced to 7 days imprisonment in Hinthada Township, Ayeyarwady, for involvement in the drumming out of evil

AAPP is following these developments closely and will update our lists and you accordingly when the identities and number of detainees has been confirmed.

In Solidarity,
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