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Anti-Copper Mine Activist Handed 15 Months Prison Sentence

26 March 2014

Thaw Zin, an activist who has helped organize protest against the Chinese-backed Letpadaung copper mine in Monywa, Sagaing Division, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment over his activism, DVB reports. He was convicted on charges of trespassing and for “disturbing public tranquility” and “disobedience duly promulgated by a public servant,” the activist’s father was quoted as saying. “I am not satisfied with the verdict against Thaw Zin. The court was not impartial,” said local villager Than Myint. Plain clothes reportedly apprehended Thaw Zin on Feb. 11 as he walked between two villages close to the copper mine.

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