Professor Salai Tun Than
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We urge concerned parties to send letters to Senior General Than Shwe, chairman of the military regime, with copies to other officials and the UN Special Rapporteur on Burma, expressing outrage at the arrest of Dr Salai Tun Than. A sample letter and contact details are in the next section.


In particular, we urge the global academic community to forward the details of Dr Salai Tun Than's case throughout its networks. We strongly recommend all academics refrain from actions that may lend legitimacy to the military government in Burma, such as setting up exchange programmes, attending conferences or doing research with Burmese military approval, until Dr Salai Tun Than and other political prisoners are released.



SAMPLE LETTER


Dear Sr-Gen Than Shwe


I am writing to you to express my outrage at the arrest of Dr Salai Tun Than, retired rector of Yezin University.


Dr Salai Tun Than was detained last December while peacefully exercising his right to freedom of speech, in calling for a transition to democratic government in your country. His arrest reflects your government's consistent denial of the fundamental rights and freedoms of those you purport to represent.


The optimism created by the release of a small number of political prisoners in Myanmar is being undermined by the arrest of new political prisoners and the continued imprisonment of thousands of others because of their political views. I urge you to immediately release Dr Salai Tun Than and all other political prisoners in Myanmar.


Yours sincerely
_______________



SEND LETTERS TO


Senior General Than Shwe
Chairman
State Peace and Development Council
Office of the Prime Minister
Yangon, MYANMAR



SEND COPIES TO


1. Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt
Secretary-1
State Peace and Development Council
Ministry of Defence
Signal Pagoda Rd
Yangon, MYANMAR
Fax (+951) 22950


2. U Win Aung
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Yangon, MYANMAR
Email: mofa.aung@mptmail.net.mm


3. Paulo SÚrgio Pinheiro
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations, 8-14 Avenue de la Paix,
CH 1211 Geneve, SWITZERLAND
FAX: +41 22 9170213
Email: secrt.hchr@unog.ch (please mark ATT: MR. PINHEIRO)


4. National League for Democracy
97B West Shwegondaing Street
Bahan Township
Yangon, MYANMAR


5. Myanmar Embassy/consulate in your country.
 
Asian Human Rights Commission
For any suggestions, please email to support@ahrchk.net.

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