Myanmar: Myanmar human rights activist denied bail for second time
March 21, 2017, 11:13 am

On 27 February 2017, Khaing Myo Htun was denied bail for the second time on Monday.

Arrested since 25 July 2016, Khaing Myo Htun was accused by the Myanmar army Lieutenant-Coloner Tin Naing of sedition and incitement for publishing a statement on behalf of the Arakan Libertation Party (ALP). He faces up to two year in prison, fines or both, for allegedly documenting military human rights abuses against Rakhine civilians, the statement said.

Khaing Myo Htun was the deputy information officer for the ALP, a political wing of the Arakan Liberation Army, which signed a cease-fire agreement with Myanmar authorities in 2012. Conflict between the Myanmar army and the Arakan army – another ethnic Rakhine armed group – broke out in April 2015.