Rights activists' appeal denied by court

Jan 9, 2008 (DVB), Three human rights activists who are currently serving time in Taung-ngu prison in Bago division had their appeal rejected by Prome court on Monday.

Thet Oo, Zaw Htun and monk U Panita, who are members of the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network, were each sentenced to two years' imprisonment by district judge U Maung Maung on 7 November 2007 at Prome prison court.

HRDP network leader U Myint Aye said that they were sentenced for their involvement in the September protests and contact with the media.

"They have been imprisoned for talking to the media and for assisting the monk protests in September," U Myint Aye said.

"Jailing people for talking to the media is a violation of the right to freedom of speech."

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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