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Myanmar: Drop charges against three Kachin activists

, Index number: ASA 16/9244/2018

Joint statement by Amnesty International and CIVICUS calling on the Myanmar authorities to immediately drop defamation charges against three Kachin activists who led a peaceful rally in Kachin State, where they called for humanitarian access to thousands of displaced civilians and for an end to the armed conflicts in northern Myanmar. The prosecution of the activists – and other recent cases of politically motivated arrest and imprisonment – represent an alarming return to practices that characterized Myanmar’s decades of direct military rule.

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