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Ko Aye Aung was arrested on the 14th of September 1998 while a student in Yangoon, taking part in a small, peaceful protest regarding the quality of education and educational policies in Myanmar. After an unfair trial before which those arrested repeatedly asked for access to a lawyer, and were denied the right to represent themselves; Ko Aye Aung was initially sentenced to 14 years imprisonment . This was then increased to 24 years and more recently in March 2005 to 45 years.

Ko Aye Aung is imprisoned in Kalay Prison in the Sagaing division of Myanmar, which is very far from his family in Yangoon. Ko Aye Aung is suffering from malaria and has no access to medical treatment. His malaria was aggravated by cold winter weather and the fact that his exercise period was moved to the hottest time of the day. Due to the lack of resources to which he has access from the prison (food, blankets, clothing and medicine) this distance increases the severity of his imprisonment as his family cannot bring him supplies. He has also been refused access to religious texts.

Myanmar is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights- indeed it was one of the first signatories. It is in Myanmars interest in terms of development and sanctions as well as its duty to adhere to its human rights obligations. In light of the 2010 elections for a new government, human rights in Myanmar are essential, as a legitimate democratic government cannot succeed without regard for human rights.

Ko Aye Aungs human rights have been violated under the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Thus we the undersigned , members of Amnesty International and others, request :

-That Ko Aye Aung be released immediately. He was exercising his freedom of conscience, freedom of opinion, freedom of assembly and association. He was not given access to a fair, public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal

Pending his release we request :
-That in relation to Ko Aye Aung s right to life, security of the person, the prohibition of degrading treatment or punishment , his right of access to a standard of living adequate for his well being, that Ko Aye Aung be given access to medical treatment and his family. Please move him closer to Yangoon.
-That Ko Aye Aung be given access to religious text so he may practice freedom of religion.
Ko Aye Aung а йtй arrкtй le 14 Septembre 1998, а lйpoque ou il йtait un йtudiant universitaire а Yangoon. Il participait а une manifestation pacifique concernant la qualitй denseignement et la politique denseignement en Myanmar. Refusйs laccиs а un avocat а maintes reprises, et йgalement refusйs le droit de se reprйsenter en cours, les arrкtйs ont subi un procиs injuste; Ko Aye Aung a йtй condamnй initialement а 14 ans de prison. A la suite on a augmentй la sentence а 24 ans et plus rйcemment en mars 2005 а 45 ans.

Ko Aye Aung est emprisonnй а Kalay Prison dans la division Sagaing de Myanmar, qui est trиs loin de sa famille а Yangoon. Ko Aye Aung souffre de malaria et na aucune accиs aux traitements mйdicaux. Son malaria a empirй а cause du froid de lhiver et plus tard dans lannйe, par le fait que son pйriode dexercice a йtй changer aux heures plus chaudes de la journйe. Vue la manque de ressources disponibles au prison (nourriture, couvertures, vкtements et mйdicaments) la grosse distance de sa famille accroisse la sйvйritй de son emprisonnement, comme sa famille nest pas capable a lui amener des approvisionnements. On lui refuse aussi laccиs а des textes religieux.

Myanmar est signataire de la Dйclaration universelle des droits de lhomme- en fait il йtait un des premiers signataires. Cest dans linteret de Myanmar dans le contexte du dйveloppement et des sanctions йconomiques et cest le devoir de Myanmar dadhйrer а ses obligations en matiиre de droits humains. Йtant donnй que Myanmar aura des йlections en 2010, linstitution des droits humains est indispensable, car un governement dйmocratique lйgitime na aucune chance de succиs sans le respect pour les droits humains.

Les droits humains de Ko Aye Aung ont йtй violй sous les articles de la Dйclaration universelle des droits de lhomme. Donc nous les soussignйs, membres dAmnesty International et autres, demandons :

-La libйration immйdiate de Ko Aye Aung. Il exerзait sa libertй de conscience, libertй dopinion, libertй dassemblйe et association. On ne lui a pas donneй accиs а un procиs йquitable et publique par un tribunal indйpendant et impartial.

En attendent sa relвche nous demandons:

-Quen relation avec le droit de Ko Aye Aung a la vie, sйcurite de la personne, la prohibition contre le traitement ou punition dйgradante, son droit daccиs а un standard de vie adйquate pour son bien-кtre, que Ko Aye Aung soit donnй accиs au traitement mйdical et sa famille. Sil vous plait, lui transfйrer plus prиs de sa famille а Yangoon pour contribuer а cette objectif.
-Que Ko Aye Aung soit donnй accиs а des textes religieux pour quil puisse pratiquer la libertй de culte.

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