Aung Ko Htwe was just 13 years old when he was abducted from a railway station and forced to become a child soldier in the Myanmar military.

Now at 26, Aung Ko Htwe is serving a two-and-a-half year sentence simply for speaking out about his experiences in a radio interview.

In the face of state repression, Aung Ko Htwe’s tenacity persists. He bravely protested his conviction, announcing that he had no faith in the judicial system and refusing to participate in the trial. He now faces a further three years behind bars for his efforts.

The Myanmar military stole Aung Ko Htwe’s childhood from him. Now, authorities are trying to take his future away too.

But there is hope. International pressure has helped secure the release of thousands of prisoners in Myanmar, including a mass prisoner amnesty in 2018, the release of the “Unity 5” journalists in 2016, and the release of student leader Phyoe Phyoe Aung in 2015.

Now, Aung Ko Htwe needs your support. Will you stand up for him?

Tell the Myanmar authorities to immediate and unconditionally release Aung Ko Htwe and to change the laws to allow freedom of expression for all.

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  Our Petition

Minister of Home Affairs Lt. Gen. Kyaw Swe
Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo

Dear Minister / Dear Attorney General,

I ask that you Immediately and unconditionally release Aung Ko Htwe, drop remaining charges against him and quash all convictions for which he is imprisoned, as he is being punished solely for the peaceful exercise of his human rights.

Ensure that, pending his release, Aung Ko Htwe is held in conditions which meet international standards, and that he has regular access to family, lawyers of his choosing, and any medical treatment he requires.

Please repeal or amend all laws – including Section 505(b) of the Penal Code – which criminalize or impose arbitrary restrictions on the human right to freedom of expression.

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