Foreign Secretary William Hague has given his unequivocal support to Amnesty International’s campaign to free the 2,200 political prisoners in Burma. The Foreign Secretary was photographed with Ko Mya Aye written on his upturned palm, a symbolic act of fearlessness and defiance in Burma. His portrait highlights the case of Ko Mya Aye, aged 44, who is a leading member of the 88 Generation Students Group who have played a key role in the long struggle for democracy in military-ruled Burma.
Ko Mya Aye is serving 65 years in prison for leading peaceful demonstrations in 2007 in the Saffron Revolution, his second spell in detention, having previously been imprisoned between 1989 and 1996 for taking part in the 1988 uprisings. Reports suggest he has been tortured and is in poor health in a prison very far from his family home.
The foreign secretary’s picture will be added to the gallery of thousands of photographs of activists, including such diverse political figures as; David Miliband, Nick Clegg, Dianne Abbott and Jeremy Browne, amongst others.
William Hague said: “The continued detention of Ko Mya Aye and of more than 2,100 other political prisoners in Burma is deplorable. I urge the military regime to release all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally, and respect the human rights of Burma’s people.”