Kachin youth leader released from prison

The Kachin Post / December 16, 2019

A prominent Kachin youth leader Paul Lu has released from Myitkyina prison today in northern Burma after spending three and a half months of imprisonment.

“It’s absolutely insufferable that Burmese authority forced me to admit that i’m guilty, even though they know that I’m innocent,” said Paul Lu via his friend’s social media page. He was convicted in early of September for leading a peaceful anti-war demonstration which marked the eight anniversary of the war broke out between Kachin Independence Army and Burma Army.

Paul Lu initially convicted fifteen-days jail term along with his colleague Seng Nu Pan. However, he was given three additional prison terms he handed a broken scale to the judge just after conviction. Both of them were charged with controversial section 19 of Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act in relating to the leading role of organizing the commemoration of the resumption of armed conflict in Kachin State.

Paul Lu was warmly welcomed and picked up by his family and closed friends from the prison this morning. Paul Lu said he was put in solitary confinement in the prison and thanks to those who visited him while he was in behind bars.

Burmese authorities have repeatedly violated the right to freedom of expressions by persecuting journalist, activists and prominent youth and student leaders who speak out against governments misconducts and human rights violations.

In December 2018, Kachin activists Nang Pu, Lum Zawng and Zau Ja were convicted for six months imprisonment for organizing and leading the anti-war demonstration in Myitkyina, Kachin State.