PEC demands justice for Myanmar photographer Aye Kyaw
rights body, demands justice for Myanmar photographer Aye Kyaw, who
died in military custody recently. The pro-democracy activist used to
document the anti-military protest demonstrations spread across the
Southeast Asian countries (also known as Burma and Brahmadesh) after the
military dictators made a coup on 1 February 2021 to grab power
ousting the democratically elected Aung San Suu Kyi’s government in
Aye Kyaw (48), the second journalist to succumb to junta atrocities,
used to own a photography studio in Sagaing city, was detained by the
the military junta in late night hours of 30 July 2022 and later the
military authority informed the family that he died on Saturday noon.
Quoting the family members and friends, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported
that the administration wanted to know if they want to get back his
body, which was kept in the Sagaing city hospital morgue.
The group of well-wishers took his mortal remains and sent them to his
village. A senior member of the Upper Myanmar Photography Association was
buried on Sunday after performing necessary rituals. They guess that
the senior general Min Aung Hlaing led a brutal military regime that was
angry with Aye Kyaw as he used to post photographs taken from
anti-junta demonstrations on social media, which were later forwarded
by a large number of pro-democracy politicians and also uploaded in
local media outlets.
“Myanmar has faced a chaotic socio-political situation, where the
military rulers are targeting the activists and also the journalists.
To date, they have arrested over 130 media persons, and among them 25
Burmese journalists are still behind the bars, where some of them were
already imprisoned for longer periods,” said Blaise Lampen, president
of PEC (www.pressemblem.ch), adding that Japanese journalist Toru
Kobuto was also detained from Yangon and put to face trials.
PEC’s southeast Asia representative Nava Thakuria reported that the
land of golden pagodas is on the verge of a civil war, where the
military personnel have killed nearly 2500 civilians in the last 18
months and rendered over 850,000 people homeless, as they fled their
villages to escape the military atrocities. Shockingly, the people’s
resistance forces have also eliminated thousands of junta soldiers
and their relatives during the same period, he added.