Yangon, March 6
Various Arakanese organizations have collected nearly one hundred thousand signatures appealing the Thai authority to pardon and release two condemned Burmese migrants from Thailand.
Burmese nationals Win Zaw Tun and Zaw Lin were sentenced on 15 December 2015 by the Thailand’s apex court with the capital punishment for their crime to kill a British couple.
The Thai police arrested both of them with the allegation of murdering David Miller (24) and Hannah Witheridge (23) on 15 September 2014 in the Koh Tao island.
The collected signatures were sent to the King of Thailand and also his Prime Minister through the Thai embassy at Yangon begging mercy for the convicted Burmese migrants, said Ko Tin Oo, one of the campaigners.
“We have collected 97,037 signatures and sent those to the Thailand authority through the Thai embassy here with an appeal written in English, Burmese and Thai languages for mercy to Win Zaw Tun and Zaw Lin,” added the campaigner.
The campaign was initiated by All Arakan Students & Youths Congress (AASYC), Rakhine Women Union (RWU), Arakan Renaissance Generation, Arakan Youth Association of University and Rakhine Student Union (Dagon University).
The campaigners also decided to send a copy of the appeal to Burma President Thein Sein, Burmese embassies in Thailand and Britain at the earliest.