“Attention Min Min, we know where you are. We can terminate your life anytime. Take care.”

This is the message which journalist, Min Min, received after he wrote about an armed organisation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, which he described as a ‘rebel group’.

In Rakhine State, these death threats are very real. The situation is volatile, and human rights defenders and journalists face many challenges including restrictions on movement, surveillance by state authorities and threats from hard-line nationalist groups.

In March 2016 a bomb exploded at Min Min’s home. Fortunately Min Min and his family were not home at the time. He’s been called a ‘traitor’ for reporting about hardline nationalist groups in Rakhine State, and a cash reward has been offered for his murder.

Min Min has reported the threats to the police but nothing has been done.

Journalists and other media workers play a crucial role in exposing human rights abuses, both by the government and powerful local groups; they must be free to carry out their activities.

Demand the authorities protect Min Min from harm, investigate the threats and hold those responsible to account.

Thank you!

UPDATE 08/12/17: This action is now closed. We are in the process of handing over the signatures to the authorities in Myanmar, and continue to monitor Min Min’s case.

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  Our Petition

Rakhine State Police Chief
Colonel Sein Lwin

Rakhine State Chief Minister
U Nyi Pu

I call on you to take immediate action to ensure the safety and protection of journalist Nay Min Aung, who is also known as Min Min, in coordination with him and subject to his wishes.

I also ask you conduct thorough, impartial, independent and effective investigations into the threats against Min Min and the attack on his home in March 2016 and bring those responsible to justice in trials which meet international standards of fairness.

Please ensure that journalists and other media workers are able to carry out peaceful journalistic activities without fear of surveillance, intimidation, harassment, arrest, prosecution or retribution, and guarantee the integrity of journalists and media workers, including against attacks or threats coming from non-state groups.

Yours sincerely,

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