The case of Phil Blackwood, Tun Thurein and Htut Ko Ko Lwin has highlighted the issue of blasphemy and Buddhism. Buddhist scholar Dr Paul Fuller comments.
Amnesty International describes sentence as “ludicrous”, while International Commission of Jurists question its legal validity.
New Zealander Phil Blackwood, and his Burmese partners Tun Thurein and Htut Ko Ko Lwin are each found guilty of defaming religion.
New Zealander Phil Blackwood tells a Rangoon court he had no intention of insulting the Buddhist religion.
Amnesty International has called on Burma’s authorities to immediately and unconditionally release three restaurant managers charged with insulting the Buddhist religion.
Three Rangoon nightclub managers will face trial on charges of insulting Buddhism, a court in Bahan Township decided on Thursday.