(စစ္အစုိးရ အက်ဥ္းေထာင္ထဲတြင္ အက်ဥ္းက်ေနဆဲ ၁၉၉၆-ခုႏွစ္ ဒီဇင္ဘာ
ေက်ာင္းသားေတာ္လွန္ေရးအတြင္း ရန္ကုန္တကၠသုိလ္၊ လွဳိင္နယ္ေျမ၏
ေက်ာင္းသား ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ကိုမ်ဳိးမင္းေဇာ္- အဂၤလိပ္စာ အဓိက၊ ဒုတိယႏွစ္)
(၁၉၉၆-ခုႏွစ္ ဒီဇင္ဘာ ေက်ာင္းသားေတာ္လွန္ေရးအတြင္း ေက်ာင္းသား
(ကုိမ်ဳိးမင္းထုိက္အား မတရား ဖမ္းဆီးခဲ့သလုိ ကုိမ်ဳိးမင္းထုိက္ မိသားစု၀င္မ်ား
ေနထုိင္ရာ ဗဟန္းျမိဳ႕နယ္၊ ငါးထပ္ၾကီးဘုရား သြားရာလမ္းရွိ ေနအိမ္ကိုလည္း
က်ဴးေက်ာ္ရပ္ကြက္အျဖစ္ သတ္မွတ္ျပီး စစ္အစုိးရက မတရား ဖ်က္သိမ္းခဲ့ပါသည္။)
(၁၉၉၆-ခုႏွစ္ ဒီဇင္ဘာ ေက်ာင္းသားေတာ္လွန္ေရးအတြင္း ဒဂုံတကၠသုိလ္
ေက်ာင္းသားေခါင္းေဆာင္ ကိုေအးေအာင္၊ ရူပေဗဒ အဓိက- အေ၀းသင္ ဒုတိယႏွစ္)
Ko Aye Aung is a student who was arrested on 14th September
1998 at Yangon (Rangoon). He is known to have been a second
year Physics student at the Distance Education University (Dagon
University), and is believed to have been a leading member of the
All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU). This organization
has been at the forefront of peaceful anti-government protests since 1988.
Ko Aye Aung was arrested with Myo Min Zaw, who was given a
sentence of 52 years. Ko Aye Aung was intitially given a sentence
of 14 years imprisonment, but this has subsequently been extended
to 24 years. He is believed to have been tortured. A report in May
2003 confirmed that he is still being held at Kalay Prison, Sagaing
Province, with eight other political prisoners, and is suffering from
malaria and, possibly, typhoid. His exercise period has been moved
to the hottest time of day, and he is being denied access to religious books.
In March 2005 it was reported that his sentence had been increased
to 45 years. He is now over 30 years old. The latest description of his
arrest as subsequent treatment is as follows:-
Ko Aye Aung's basic "crime" seems to have been distributing leaflets
and taking part in small scale peaceful demonstrations in Yangon (Rangoon)
largely concerned with education policies and practices.
Ko Aye Aung was arrested with Myo Min Zaw outside a tea shop in
Yangon and they are both reported to have been beaten at the time
of their arrest and during interrogation. They and others were reportedly
tried in a group of 50 students, in a closed trial for ten days in Insein prison,
the main prison where political prisoners are held in Yangon. They are
believed not to have had access to lawyers, and when they asked prison
officials and the presiding judge for a lawyer the request was ignored.
The prisoners were denied the right to speak in their own defence.
The fairness of the trial was further compromised by the authorities
having given a press conference shortly after their arrest, in which the
authorities claimed that the demonstrations were intended to create unrest.
It was also claimed that Ko Aye Aung, Myo Min Htike, Myo Min Zaw
and Tun Myint Aung had distributed leaflets and organised demonstrations.
They were given the maximum sentences possible under security legislation
and the Burmese laws on publication which, for example, require that
leaflets must be approved by the official censor. In common with other
cases of political prisoners their sentences have been applied cumulatively
resulting in very long terms of imprisonment. Scores of other students were
given sentences ranging from seven to twenty years.
There is also a report that Ko Aye Aung may have gone on hunger
strike in 2002 with another prisoner, Thet Win Aung. They were protesting
about the lack of medical treatment and exceptionally poor diet in Kalay
(also called Kale) Prison, where malaria is endemic. Kalay is near the
northwestern frontier of Burma with India and is nearly 600 miles from
Rangoon (Yangon). It seems that Ko Aye Aung may have been
transferred to Khamti prison for a while. This is even further away
from his family home in Yangon. (In Burma political prisoners normally
have to rely on visits from family for food and medicines. The authorities
can thereby increase the severity of prison conditions by placing
prisoners in prisons remote from their families.) Thet Win Aung
was subsequently transferred to Mandalay Prison.
In late 2005 it was reported that Ko Aye Aung was back in Kalay
(Kale) prison in north west Burma, in the region known as Sagaing
Division. He was reported as suffering from malaria and typhoid.
He has also been denied access to religious books and, at one stage
at least, had his exercise period moved to the hottest time of day, thereby
increasing his suffering.
In January 2006 the website of the Assistance Association for Political
Prisoners (Burma) quoted a Press Release by the Democratic Voice
of Burma which stated:
"...Aye Aung had been suffering from severe stomach ache due to gastric
diseases. As the result of severe cold weather and lack of proper medical
cares, Aye Aung's face is swollen and he also has a severe form of back pain
according to his mother Mya Yi who went to see him at the prison on 19th January."
Amnesty International considers Ko Aye Aung to be a Prisoner
of Conscience detained solely because of the non-violent expression
of his beliefs. He has not used or advocated violence. Amnesty International
calls for his immediate and unconditional release.
(http://www.worcester-amnesty.org.uk/page3.htm မွ ထပ္ဆင့္ကူးယူ