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In their own words

Burmese political prisoners tell their stories

With the launch of our Emergency Fund for Burma we would like to invite you to watch a series of short film clips which feature Burmese prisoners of conscience. With more than 2,200 political prisoners still in jail in Burma we hope that these powerful stories illustrate why the Emergency Fund is so necessary.

All of the following short films are shown with the kind permission of Jeanne Hallacy and the Democratic Voice of Burma and are taken from the documentary ‘Into the Current’. More details on the film can be found here.

Ko Khun Saing is a Burmese doctor and political prisoner who was imprisoned on three separate occasions for his political activism.

Ngwe Lin, is an extremely courageous political activist who suffered terrible torture during his 11 years in prison as a result of his campaigning for democracy.

Cho Mat Htwo, is a Burmese political prisoner who served just under 11 years in prison simply for making a statement calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Bo Kyi is a leading human rights defender who now lives in Mae Sot in Thailand and runs our partner organisation AAPP.  Bo Kyi was part of the 88 Generation student uprising and spent 7 years and 3 months in prison for his political activities.

Thiha Yar Zar, was arrested during the 1988 student demonstrations against the military regime.  He eventually served almost 18 years in five different prisons across Burma.