Selected cases Justice Trust is supporting:
- Brang Shawng case – the defendant’s daughter Jyah San Aye (a 9th grader) was killed by the army on September 9, 2012 and he wrote to the Human Rights Commission. The army sued him for filing “a false report”. U Brang Shawng was convicted and sentenced to two years in jail or payment of 50, 000 Kyat fine. He lost his appeal and chose to pay the fine.
- Unity Weekly Journal case – five journalists were charged with “disclosing state secrets” for publishing information on a military weapons facility. On July 2014, the journalists were found guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison with hard labour. Their sentences were reduced to seven years on appeal. Final submissions have been made to the Supreme Court.
- Kanpaluu case – Over 100,000 acres of land were seized by the army in Kanpaluu (upper Burma) and approximately 398 farmers were charged with trespass and mischief for working off their land after it was taken from by them. Charges against most of the farmers were dismissed at trial. However, 59 farmers received sentences ranging from 6 months to 3 years.
- Ko Par Gyi case – Ko Par Gyi, a well known journalist, was shot while being held in military custody in Mon State. His wife Ma Thandar fought for months to exhumed her husband’s body for forensic examination and has launched a civil suit for wrongful death.
- Daw Khin Win case – farmer Daw Khin Win was shot dead by the police while protesting against land seizures in Letpadaung region. Her family has called for an investigation. However the police refused to file a first information report needed to launch a criminal case. Daw Khin Win’s family will be petitioning the court.
This policy report examines the violence that shook Mandalay on July 1-2, 2014 – the latest in a series of communal riots that have fueled religious tensions across Myanmar. The report’s main finding is that the Mandalay riots were designed to appear as a spontaneous outbreak of mob violence, but in fact were perpetrated by an organized gang of armed men brought in from outside Mandalay according to a script written and stage-managed by hidden hands for political ends.
This report investigates the human rights violations at Letpadaung copper mine. It looks at the copper mine project, the communities’ reasons against it and the police action taken to crush the Letpadaung protests. The report’s main finding is that the contracts between the company and villagers were illegal due to duress and fraud; the police denied citizens right to peaceful assembly as guaranteed under the Constitution and used phosphorus incendiary smoke grenades to disperse crowds resulting in grievous injuries to protestors.
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