Two Chin Activists Confirmed Released
13 January 2012: Two prominent Chin political activists are among the 651 prisoners reportedly released on Friday under an Executive Pardon as part of a series of reforms undertaken by the Burma’s new government.
Relatives have confirmed the release of Pu Kam Lam Khup a.k.a Ko Kyaw Soe and Anthony Kap Khan Khual who were arrested in late 2007 for their roles in the famous ‘Saffron Revolution’ led by Burmese monks.
Speaking to Chinland Guardian, Pu Cin Sian Thang, President of the Zomi National Congress said, “Both my son and nephew have been released and are being escorted home at the moment.”
Pu Kam Lam Khup, the son of Pu Cin Sian Thang, was sentenced to 33 years in prison and had served fours years at Myaungmya Prison. Kap Khan Khual, Cin Sian Thang’s nephew, had also served four years of his eight-year sentence at Pathein Prison when he was released late last night.
Pu Kam Lam Khup recieved a 33-year jail-term conviction under the Unlawful Association Act, the Electronic Act and Immigration Act, while Anthony Kamlam Khup was sentenced to eight years in jail under the Electronic Act following the 2007 Saffron Revolution.
“The order took effect at 5 o’clock this morning. But they were actually released last night and are now on their way home,” Pu Cin Sian Thang said.
Asked if the two were required to sign a pledge as a condition of their release, Pu Cin Sian Thang told Chinland Guardian that there were no such conditions. However, the prisoners were told by the authorities that they were being release out of the good will of President Thein Sein so that they can participate in the ‘nation-building process.’
Chinland Guardian is unable to immediately confirm whether any other ethnic Chin political prisoners have been freed on Friday.
Reporting by Salai Nyein Chan