Political prisoners association files complaint with UN


Reuters journalist Wa Lone hugs his wife Panei Mon as he arrives for his trial at Mingaladon township court in Yangon on 27 December 2017. Photo: Thet Ko/Mizzima

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners - Burma (AAPP-B), a group dedicated to the release of political prisoners in Myanmar, has filed a complaint with the U.N.’s human rights office about the detention of two Reuters journalists charged with violating the country's colonial-era Official Secrets Act, RFA reported on 28 December.

The group lodged the complaint with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) under the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Dec. 20, eight days after the arrests of Thet Oo Maung, also known as Wa Lone, and Kyaw Soe Oo.

Police detained the pair for possessing illegal government documents about security forces in northern Rakhine state.

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