Calls for Release of Chin Political Prisoners in Burma
26 October 2011: The Zomi National Congress (ZNC), a political party that boycotted 2010 general elections, on Monday called for the immediate release of Chin political prisoners in Burma.
In a statement released on the 23rd anniversary of the party’s inception, ZNC urged President Thein Sein’s government to free political prisoners, including Ko Kyaw Soe (aka) Kam Lam Khup, Kam Khan Khual and Go Pian Sing as well as Khun Tun OO, Saing Ngunt Lwin, Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Kyi, U Nyi Puh, and Dr.Tin Min Thut.
At least seven Chin political prisoners were believed to be among the 6,359 prisoners released on 12 October in Burma as part of an amnesty program of Thein Sein’s government.
Meanwhile, the fate of two leading members of Chin National Front, who were captured by Burmese troops in the late 1990s, remains unknown. Uk Lian Thang and That Ci remain unaccounted for since their capture more than a decade ago, and there has been renewed interests about their fate following the latest round of amnesty by Thein Sein’s government.
ZNC also called for the convening of the Second Panglong Conference or the 21st Century Panglong Conference and for an immediate end to the ongoing armed conflicts between Burma Army soldiers and ethnic armed forces.
Talking to DVB radio programme, Pu Chin Sian Thang, ZNC Chairman, said that the 21st Century Panglong Conference will help move forward the political process as the original Panglong Conference was based on democracy and equal rights.
About 300 people from the National League for Democracy, the Chin Progressive Party, the Tedim Youth Fellowship, Zampi Youth Association, Zomi Association of Universities-Burma, and religious institutions participated in ZNC’s 23rd anniversary ceremony held in Tahan, Kalaymyo in Sagaing Division, Burma.
The Zomi National Congress, founded in 1988, is a political party committed to restoring and establishing democratic government and federal union of Burma.
Van Biak Thang