Fortify Rights demands release of Kachin activist

The Kachin Post / September 19, 2019

Fortify Rights, a United States based international organization, demands the release of jailed Kachin human rights activist Mr. Paul Lu, who has been detained for organizing the peaceful anti-war demonstration in the capital of Kachin State, Myitkyina last June.

“The government of Myanmar should immediately and unconditionally release Kachin human rights defender Paul Lu, who has been detained since September 3rd,” said Fortify Rights in a statement released yesterday.

Myitkyina township court had given both Paul Lu and Ms. Seng Nu Pan for 15 days prison term. However, Paul Lu was given a three additional months in prison as he handed a broken scale to the judge just after his verdict.

“This is part of Myanmar’s ongoing crackdown against human rights defenders,” said Matthew Smith, CEO of Fortify Rights. “Freedom of speech and expression are the foundations of any democracy. The civilian government and the judiciary should prevent these types of prosecutions and protect the rights defender.”

Fortify Rights is and international organization which works to prevent and remedy human rights violations. It also investigates and documents abuses, and provide customized technical support to human rights defenders and press for solutions.