05.11.10 15:23BURMA: An editor sentenced to 13 years over alleged anti-government activitySeite 2 von 3http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/2010statements/2913/
Htun illegally had gone to Mae Sot at the Thailand-Burma boarder several times, where he met with anti-government groups, whom he allegedly receivedmoney from.According to Nyi Nyi Htun none of the documentsseized from his computer and memory stick can beused as documentation for him being involved in terroracts, having traveled to the border or having met withany anti-government groups. Apparently the stampshowing his allegedly entrance at the bridge on theboarder between Burma and Thailand shows a date,where he had already been imprisoned.The UN's Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, ThomasOjea Quintana states that in the case of Nyi Nyi Htunseveral domestic laws have been used to restrictfreedom of expression and assembly. These include theUnlawful Association Act (1908), the State ProtectionAct (1975) and sections 143, 145, 152, 295(A), 505,505(b). In his report to the UN Human Rights Councilpublished in March 2010, Quintana emphasizes, "As aState Member of the United Nations, Myanmar shouldhave ensured compliance of its domestic laws with itsinternational obligations, according to the principles of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties".Burma is doubtlessly a dangerous place to be areporter. Journalists among others who send andreceive information outside the country are oftenimprisoned under security measurements such as theState Protection Act claiming to prevent terrorism.There have even been reports on journalists beingarrested simply for taking photos of the area affectedby the cyclone in 2008 or for reporting on bombattacks. Kindly seeAHRC-UAC-023-2010.These arrest and imprisonments strongly oppose theUniversal Declaration of Human Rights, which presenteveryone with the freedom to hold opinions withoutinterference, the right to assembly and to seek andreceive information and ideas through different mediaregardless of frontiers.The Burmese Military regime continues to harass allfreethinking people as the case of Nyi Nyi Htun clearlyillustrates. Similar absurd and undue sentences aredaily handed out for petty crimes in Burma. Thesentences are indicators of deep-rooted systemicproblems across institutions in the country, wheremilitary rule has wiped out most of the framework for asystem based on rule of law. While this framework andthe concept it was build on have broken down inBurma, so has the logic in which the regime operates.