The Kachin Post / September 7, 2019
The government of the United States of America is deeply concerned over the legal complaint against the Kachin Baptist leader Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson by Burma Army.
“We are deeply concerned by the lodging of a criminal complaint against Reverend Hkalam Samson in relation to his remarks about religious freedom and the rights of members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Burma during his recent meeting in Washington with the President of the United States,” said in the statement released by U.S State Department on Thursday.
Reverend Samson was filed a criminal complaint by Lt. Col. Than Htike from Burma Army’s Northern Command and summoned to appear Myitkyina Township Court on September 9, regarding his remarks made during the Oval Office meeting with U.S President Donald Trump last month.
“A decision to pursue this criminal complaint and arrest Reverend Samson on the basis of his protected speech would be deeply troubling,” mention in the statement. The United States is committed to promoting freedom of expression and religious freedom for all and portioning accountability for violations or abuses of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
U.S also believes that freedom expressions, including speaking out in support human rights is a protected right in the International Covenant on civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and should not be treated as a crime.
Kachin Baptist Convention yesterday also released a statement, saying Burma Army shouldn’t had been filed the criminal complaint against its Chairman Rev. Samson.