Myanmar: Imminent risk of arbitrary arrest /Judicial harassment

"The Letpadaung copper mining project has displaced farming families in 26 villages from their land, with more than 7,000 acres confiscated in 2010.

In 2012, peaceful protests began against the project and were heavily repressed by the autorities.

In November 2012, the police used smoke bombs to disperse the crowd, injuring dozens of demonstrators, including monks, and triggering a national outcry. Activists have been facing harassment since protest began.

On April 25, 2013, villagers in the Letpadaung area tried to plough their fields but were prohibited by police from entering pursuant to an order issued under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code[1].

It is reported that the police opened fire on the crowd and Ko Soe Thu and U Maung San, two villagers, were arrested along with U Aung Soe, a member of Yangon People’s Support Network.

On June 1, 2013, the District Court of Shwebo sentenced U Aung Soe to 18 months in prison, Ko Soe Thu and U Maung San to six months imprisonment in total disregard of their right to due process of law, after having been detained incommunicado during 30 days."

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Also see Asian Human Rights Commission's analysis
BURMA: Two sharply contrasting reports on the struggle for land at Letpadaung, 3 April 2013


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