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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Urgent Action: Ill-Health Concerns for Detained Journalist

Amnesty International has recently received information that prisoner of conscience Lu Maw Naing is unwell in Pakokku prison, Magwe Division, where he has been detained since his arrest on 31 January. According to reliable sources, he is suffering from back and stomach pain and there are concerns he has yet to receive adequate medical treatment.

A reporter for Burma newspaper Unity, Lu Maw Naing was arrested without a warrant by Special Branch police in Pauk Township, in Magwe. Lu Maw Naing, along with three other Unity journalists and the CEO, were arrested for publishing an article detailing an alleged secret chemical weapons factory in Pauk Township.

Amnesty International is urging for the immediate and unconditional release of the Unity journalists as well as demanding that Lu Maw Naing receive appropriate medical care as soon as possible.

To make your voice heard, send appeals before 20 May 2014 to the following:

Attorney General
Dr. Tun Shin
Office of the Attorney General Office
No. 25, Nay Pyi Taw
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Salutation: Dear Dr. Tun Shin

Minister of Home Affairs
Lt. Gen. Ko Ko
Ministry of Home Affairs
Office No. 10
Nay Pyi Taw
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Salutation: Dear Minister

And copies to:
Chairman, Myanmar National Human Rights Commission
U Win Mra
27 Pyay Road, Hline, Township
Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Also send copies to:
U Myint Lwin, Minister-Counselor, Charge d’Affaires Ad Interim
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
2300 S St. NW, Washington, DC 20008
Fax: 1 202 332 4351 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please check with the AIUSA Urgent Action office if sending appeals after the above date.


To read the full statement on the Amnesty International site, click here.