PSPD in English Int. Solidarity 2021-05-05   1305

Myanmar Military Immediately and Unconditionally Release Thin Thin Aung & All Women Human Rights Defenders in Myanmar

Letter to the ASEAN  to Urge the Myanmar Military Immediately and Unconditionally  Release Thin Thin Aung & All Women Human Rights Defenders in Burma/Myanmar

 

May 5, 2021

 

 

We, undersigned individuals and organizations, write to call on the ASEAN  to urge the Myanmar military immediately and unconditionally release Thin Thin Aung, a friend of India & all women Human Rights Defenders in Burma/Myanmar.

 

On 8 April 2021, leading women’s rights advocate,  Thin Thin Aung was arrested and taken away in Yangon by plainclothes members of the Myanmar military. She was in critical health conditions at the time of her arrest. We have not seen her since then.

 

Thin Thin Aung is a founding sister of the Women’s League of Burma & the founder of Women for Justice, formerly known as Women’s Rights & Welfare Association of Burma. She is co-founder of Mizzima News, an independent media organization founded in exile in 1998 and which was the first exile media to move back inside Burma/Myanmar after the country opened up to the democratic change in 2011.

 

In 2014, Thin Thin Aung founded along with a range of organizations and networks focusing on women’s rights, gender justice, and the peace process, the Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process (AGIPP).in these roles she has contributed immeasurably to the realization of women’s human rights.

 

Thin Thin Aung has dedicated her life to the fight for peace, equality, democracy & human rights in Burma/Myanmar since she became involved as a young student in the 1988 uprising.

 

She has spent innumerable hours advocating locally and internationally for justice for survivors of gender-based violence and gender equality in Burma/Myanmar. She has built systems for advocacy and engagement that have resulted in improvements for women and worked in solidarity & sisterhood with others throughout the region.

 

Signed:

1. Arakan CSO Network

2. All Arakan Students’ and Youths’ Congress

3. Freedom and Labor Action Group

4. Global Justice Center

5. Human Rights Foundation of Monland

6. International Women’s Development Agency

7. Keng Tung Youth

8. Let’s Help Each Other

9. Maramagri Youth Network

10. Myanmar People Alliance (Shan State)

11. Network for Human Rights Documentation (ND-Burma)

12. Progressive Voice

13. Shan MATA

14. Synergy Social Harmony Organization

15. Union of Karenni State Youth

16. All Young Burmese League

17. ALTSEAN-Burma

18. Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

19. Australian Karen Organisation Inc

20. Burma Rohingya Organisation UK

21. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

22. Do Bold

23. Empower Foundation Thailand

24. Free Burma Campaign (South Africa)

25. Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas

26. Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict-Southeast Asia (GPPAC-SEA)

27. Global Women’s Strike, UK

28. Global Justice Center

29. iLaw (Thailand)

30. Incorporated Organization Silcheon Bulgyo

31. Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)

32. International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific

33. International Women’s Development Agency

34. Legal Action for Women

35. MAP Foundation

36. Myanmar Queer Straight Alliance

37. North South Initiative

38. People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD)

39. Protection International

40. Swedish Burma Committee

41. U.S. Campaign for Burma

42. Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA

43. Women of Color/ Global Women’s Strike

44. SILAKA

45. Gender Equality Network

46. Women’s Organizations Network

47. Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the peace process

 

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