Whereabouts of Myanmar Anti-Regime Activist Unknown After Arrest

By Nora Aung 23 June 2022

The whereabouts remain unknown of prominent anti-regime activist Lin Htet Naing, also known as James, who was arrested on June 18 in Botahtaung Township, Yangon.

The regime issued a warrant for Lin Htet Naing, 35, under Article 505(a) of the Penal Code after the coup in 2021 accusing him of incitement. 

The former All Burma Federation of Student Union vice-president was sentenced to over three years in 2008 for joining the Saffron Revolution in 2007. 

He was sentenced in 2015 to six months in jail for protesting against the National Education Law. In 2020 he was sentenced to another six months over protests against the law and released four days before the coup. 

A colleague, who asked not to be named, said: “It is his fourth arrest. He has been fighting against military rule since he was a teenager. I am very worried for his safety.”

His wife, Phyoe Phyoe Aung, 34, is also a prominent activist and former political prisoner. She was also involved in the Saffron Revolution in 2007 and sentenced to four years in prison in 2008. Phyoe Phyoe Aung is not in custody. 

She also helped lead protests against the National Education Law and was sentenced to more than a year in jail in 2015. She was awarded the International Women of Courage Award by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in 2021.

They have two sons, aged five and two.