Public Conference Statement
12th August, 2013
Lahtaw Brang Shawng, ordinary citizen, internally displaced person who seek shelter at Jan Mai Kawng Baptist Church compound. He, himself testified before court and public that he had never joined Kachin Independent Army.
2. Myanmar Military Intelligence (Sa Ya Hpa) took him from IDP camp and tortured him forced to admit that he was KIA soilder. Myanmar Military Intelligence had accused him as captain from KIA at first, later they accuse again as Corporal and jailed him for (2) year of what he never done.
3. It was obvious that Kachin State Government ignored the truth, even they all see and hear many evidence and witness that Brang Shawng is not KIA but can't resist pressure from Myanmar Military Intelligence (Sa Ya Hpa) and allowed them to influence upon judicial system. And Kachin state government work together with Sa Ya Hpa to put Brang Shawng in jail.
4. Kachin state government and state court verdict on Lahtaw Brang Shawng case clearly show although country was moving for democracy Burma's judicial system and rule of law are not based on truth, still under the influence and control of Military as before.
Recommendation To Government
-To stop serious violation of human rights, arbitrary arrestment, torturing, intimidating of civilian by both TatMadaw and authority.
-To take immediate action upon such human rights violation.
-Rehabilitate and compensate according to law for those who had affected by violation.
Recommendation To International Community
-Closely watch and help to prevent human right violation in Kachin state.
-Help and stand together to government to respect human rights.
-Continued humanitarian assistance to war affected people.
-Closely watch judicial system of Kachin State and help to form free and ္justice judicial system.
:Public conference statement. Jan Mai Kawng IDP Camp. Myitkyina.