Jailed for religious defamation, New Zealander Phil Blackwood is the sole foreigner on Amnesty International’s list of 91 prisoners of conscience in Burma.
The sentencing of writer and former-National League for Democracy (NLD) member Htin Lin Oo to two years’ imprisonment has been met with criticism from international and domestic observers.
The former NLD member has been convicted for defaming religion after criticising the nationalist policies of the Ma-Ba-Tha in October last year.
A revered Buddhist monk gave testimony in a Sagaing Division court on Monday, acting as a defence witness for Htin Lin Oo, who stands accused of defamation.
Defamation charges stemming from a speech last year will see the former NLD information officer in court later this month.
Former NLD member apologises to monks after standing accused of defamation after making comments about the Ma-Ba-Tha.