San Maung Than
Yangon, Jan 20
Voices for sparing two Burmese nationals from death-row in Thailand get momentum as a signature campaign has been launched in Arakan.
The signatures collected by the Arakanese organizations would be sent to the Thai King and his government with an appeal to release Ko Win Zaw Tun and Zaw Lin, said the activists.
Both the Burmese nationals have been sentenced to death by the Thai court convicting them as being involved with the case of rape & murder of two British citizens in Koh Taung Island of Thailand in 2014.
“The main objective of signature collection is to raise voices for giving amnesty to Ko Win Zaw Tun and Zaw Lin,” said Ko Thu Rain, a leader of All Arakan Students & Youths Congress.
Speaking to Narinjara News, Rain informed that the signature campaigning was launched on 31 December 2015 at Sittwe and it would comprise 17 other cities of Arakan besides the former Burmese capital city of Rangoon.
The signature campaigning in Arakan province of Burma was conducted jointly by All Arakan Students & Youths Congress, Rakhine Women Unions, Rakhine Women Network with two Arakanese student & youth groups namely ARG and AYOU. Similarly the campaign in Yangon has been launched by All Arakan Students & Youths Congress with then help from Arakan Students Union in Dagon University of Rangoon.
At least 100,000 signatures would be collected and sent to the Thai authority through the Thai Embassy in Yangon, added Rain. He also revealed that over 70,000 signatures were collected from Sittwe, Kyouk Phyu, Yathe Daung etc till 15 January 2016.
“We have so far collected over 20000 signatures from Sittwe, over 10000 each from Kyauk Pru and Rathe Daung. The mission will continue in Pauk Taw, Punnagyun, Kyauk Taw, Mrouk Oo, Man Aung, Taungup, Gwa etc,” added Rain.