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#Myo_Yan_Naung_Thein စစ္တပ္မွ မတရားစြဲခ်က္တင္ တရားစြဲေသာေၾကာင္႔ ဆက္သြယ္ေရးဥပေဒ ၆၆ (ဃ) ျဖင့္ အာမခံ မရဘဲ အင္းစိန္ေထာင္ ၌ မတရား ဖမ္းဆီးခံထားရေသာ အမ်ိဳးသားဒီမိုကေရစီအဖြဲ႔ခ်ဳပ္ ဗဟို သုေတသန ႏႇင္႔ မဟာဗ်ဴဟာေလ့လာေရး ဌာန ၏ ဒု အဖြဲ႕ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ဦး မ်ိဳးရန္ေနာင္သိန္း ကို မနက္ျဖန္ ၂.၁၂.၂၀၁၆ ေန႕လည္ ၂ နာရီ တြင္ ကမာရြတ္ မ တရားရံုး၌ ရံုးထုတ္႐ွိေၾကာင္း ေလးစားစြာ အသိေပးအေၾကာင္းၾကားအပ္ပါသည္။ For more information, please contact Daw Cho Cho Aung, wife of U Myo Yan Naung Thein, at 00-959-258-603-035
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#Burma #Myanmar Abuses Telecommunications Law to Jail Dissidents. On November 18, Myo Yan Naung Thein, a leading member of the governing National League for Democracy (NLD) was charged with alleged defamation after he had used his Facebook account for criticizing the military for failing to defend the country against attacks in Rakhine State. Myo Yan Naung Thein called on the commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s armed forces to resign. The “defendant” is being held without bail and faces up to three years in prison for violating Myanmar’s Telecommunications Law. One may agree or disagree with Myo Yan Naung Thei whose post was clearly politically motivated. Using the Myanmar’s Telecommunications law to crack down on dissent, regardless how right, wrong, informed or misinformed it may be is likely to backfire. In a way, it already has, as the case of Myo Yan Naung Thein and other “dissidents” is attracting the attention of independent international media like as well as of right organizations. Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law is vaguely worded. In the hands of an oppressive regime it is also a perfect instrument for criminalizing dissent. Section 66(d) criminalizes “extorting, coercing, restraining, wrongfully defaming, disturbing, causing undue influence, or threatening any person by using any telecommunications network”. Any criminal defense lawyer who studies Section 66(d) would have to agree that Section 66(d) makes it possible to virtually arrest anyone who ever used any telecommunications network to voice a critical opinion about anyone at any time. Combining already restrictive defamation laws with the use of the Telecommunication Law’s Section 66(d) is highly problematic, and for several reasons. It provides a highly “flexible” instrument for the crackdown on dissenting voices by “whoever” it is that may be in power and the oligarchical and plutocratic, deeply entrenched systems behind those who are holding political offices or State functionaries. The United Nations Human Rights Committee is clear and unambiguous with regard to these problems. Speech that is considered insulting, even speech that insults those in position of power, should never be the basis of a criminal prosecution. U Myo Yan Naung Thein’s next hearing is scheduled for December 2, 2016 (Friday) at Kamayut Township Court, Yangon, Myanmar. For more information, please contact Daw Cho Cho Aung, wife of U Myo Yan Naung Thein, at 00-959-258-603-035

http://nsnbc.me/2016/11/28/myanmar-abuses-telecommunications-law-to-jail-dissidents/
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#Myo_Yan_Naung_Thein ဆက္သြယ္ေရးဥပေဒ ၆၆ (ဃ) ျဖင့္ မတရား ဖမ္းဆီးခံထားရေသာ ဦး မ်ိဳးရန္ေနာင္သိန္း ကို မနက္ျဖန္ ၂.၁၂.၂၀၁၆ ေန႕လည္ ၂ နာရီ တြင္ ကမာရြတ္ မ တရားရံုး၌ ရံုးထုတ္႐ွိေၾကာင္း ေလးစားစြာ အသိေပးအေၾကာင္းၾကားအပ္ပါသည္။
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#Burma #Myo_Yan_Naung_Thein Australia and UNDP Join Forces to Boost Anti-Corruption Efforts in Asia-Pacific
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#Burma #Myanmar The #Australian Government and the United Nations Development Programme (#UNDP) are launching "Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies" or ACPIS, a new four-year partnership to strengthen national anti-corruption efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. 

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#Myo_Yan_Naung_Thein Burma: End Prosecutions for Critical Speech
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from Human Rights Watch
Published on 28 Nov 2016 — View Original

Ruling Party Member Latest Charged Under Overly Broad Law

(Rangoon, November 28, 2016) – Burmese authorities continue to arrest and charge individuals, including members of the ruling party, for criticizing the military and government, Human Rights Watch said today.

On November 18, 2016, National League for Democracy (NLD) member Myo Yan Naung Thein was charged with defamation for a Facebook post criticizing the military for “failing to defend the country” against attacks in Rakhine State and calling for the commander-in-chief of the armed forces to resign. He is being held without bail, and faces up to three years in prison under Burma’s Telecommunications Law.

“No one seems safe from prosecution under Burma’s overly broad laws criminalizing free speech,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “It’s crucial that the NLD, many of whose members spent long years in prison for their political views, act to end these prosecutions and amend the law.”

Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law is a vaguely worded provision that criminalizes “extorting, coercing, restraining wrongfully, defaming, disturbing, causing undue influence or threatening any person by using any telecommunications network.” A member of parliament who serves on the Parliamentary Commission for the Assessment of Legal Affairs and Special Issues recently announced that the commission was preparing to review the law in light of criticism of its continued use.

In recent months, the authorities have used section 66(d) to arrest individuals who allegedly insulted or defamed NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Htin Kyaw, or the military. In September, Aung Win Hlaing was sentenced to nine months in prison for calling the president an “idiot” and “crazy” on Facebook. On November 11, Ko Hla Phone was sentenced to two years in prison for allegedly posting digitally altered images of former president Thein Sein and Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing on social media. Section 66(d) is also now being used to prosecute the chief executive officer and chief editor of Eleven Media, Than Htut Aung and Wai Phyo, for an article that suggested that Rangoon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein had accepted an expensive watch from a prominent businessman.

Human Rights Watch takes the position that defamation – a false statement of fact that harms someone’s reputation – should not be a criminal offense, as criminal penalties are always a disproportionate punishment for harm to someone’s reputation. Defamation cases involving public figures are particularly problematic, allowing those in power to penalize their critics or those who seek to expose official wrongdoing. The United Nations Human Rights Committee has made clear that speech that is considered insulting, even speech that insults those in a position of power, should never be the basis of a criminal prosecution.

"Exposure of corruption and criticism of the government, however crudely worded, are essential elements of a rights-respecting democracy, and should not be the basis of criminal prosecutions,” Robertson said. “The Burmese parliament should move quickly to amend section 66(d) to bring it in line with international standards for the protection of free expression.”
Human Rights Watch: http://reliefweb.int/report/myanmar/burma-end-prosecutions-critical-speech




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