All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Burmese)

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 9:

Those who have the kindness of benefit for others

For the sake of living beings, do not relax their powers.

Though these holy beings bear a heavy burden,

They never put it down and dwell in discouragement.

*the Great Chariot Sutra*

Burma is known as a golden land made of several ranges (or ‘Yoma’ in Burmese) where thousands of tribal memories, wisdoms, religions, cultures and beauties of plants and animals dwell. The rivers, all of them are indeed important to the people and other existences, snake through these beautiful mountainous regions and flow from the north to the south where Indian Ocean is. The peoples, Burma has 103 ethnics, all of them used to be really generous and all they knew was to give.

Since the modern day’s dictators have systematically destroyed, now the golden land is famous for its narcotic trades, refugees, migrant workers and various atrocities and sufferings.

One day, we’ll be free again and the land will be again famous for its beauty.


Suddenly I wanted to search the information about something I did with my long lost friends. Haven't seen them so long! Some have already died. We shared the same room in a special event and Special Detention Centre (SDC) at Bangkhen in Bangkok  and the same destination for a while. 

I wish I still have the photos. I gave all the photos I got to my friend who was one of the 15 - Toe Toe.  

In Bangkok, 15 students from All Burma Basic Education Students' Union (ABBESU Thailand)  -  rallied outside the Store embassy on January 8 to denounce the national convention to be held in Rangoon. The students staged a hunger strike on the pavement opposite the embassy, which was cordoned off. The students demanded the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and appealed to the international community to isolate the junta. The students said they would continue with the hunger strike until their demands were met. They called the convention a sham and urged international condemnation. The participants in the convention are nothing more than "handpicked puppets" of the military regime, said their statement issued on January 8.
On the third day of hunger strike, January 10, police broke up the hunger strike of these students. They loaded into a pickup truck at 5:15 pm and transported to the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Suan Phlu.
Arrested students from ABBESU are:
  1. Soe Oo -NI 3309
  2. Nyi Nyi Lwin -  NI 3218
  3. Min Khin Kyaw -  NI 3386
  4. Aung Lwin Oo -  NI 3134
  5. ThantZin -  NI 4166
  6. Kyaw Htike -  NI 4727
  7. ZawLatt -  NI 1370 (CEC)
  8. Tu Tu (Loke Shu) -  NI 4204
  9. Naing Naing (Myint Naing) -  NI 5751
  10. Soe Soe Oo -  NI 4486
  11. Tun Naung Than -  NI 5609
  12. Tin Zaw Tun (Toe Kyi) -  NI 2500 (CEC)
  13. Aung Zaw -  NI 5850
  14. Tun Tun Oo (Toe Toe) -  NI 1883
  15. Maung Maung Oo -  NI 3350 (CC)

On January 13, 24 students from Bangkok-based ONSOB students staged a demonstration outside Slorc Embassy here. In the evening, they were arrest by Thai police and sent to IDC.
On January 13, they were sentenced to 70 days of imprisonment with fined 4,900 Baht.
On February 3, they were transferred to Special Detention Centre. Shein Myint and Shwe Myint, out of four, who managed to escape in changing person were recaptured and tortured.

Those who arrested from ONSOB are:

  1. Khun Shwe Thaike NI 2927 (Central Committee Member)
  2. Zaw Ne Ya -  NI 1306
  3. Htin Paw -  NI 3127 (Central Committee Member)
  4. Tin Pe -  NI 5756
  5. Aung Soe -  NI 2534
  6. Moo Tha -  NI 2472 (Adviser to ONSOB)
  7. HlaOo -  NI 3224 (Adviser to ONSOB)
  8. Maung Zaw -  NI 5868
  9. Myo Naing -  NI 987
  10. Tun Tun -  NI 3128
  11. Hoke Sein -  NI 4692
  12. Kyi Win -  NI 5200
  13. Hla Kyi -  NI 2614
  14. Ye Chan -  NI 4515 (Central Committee Member)
  15. Pai Htoo Chit -  NI 5130 (Central Committee Member)
  16. Win Myint -  NI 2093
  17. Win Pe (Peter) -  NI 5859
  18. San Oo -  NI 4274
  19. ThetTun -  NI 1854
  20. Zaw Min -  NI 1608
  21. Myint Oo -  NI 1183
  22. ThetOo -  NI 4708 (Office In Charge)
  23. Aung Myint Kyi -  NI 1864 (Central Committee Member)
  24. Shein Myint -  NI 2517 (Central Committee Member)
  25. Shwe La -  NI 1359 (Central Committee Member)

(Source: ABBESU & ONSOB) 


(SOURCE) ___________________________________________________ ABBESU ALL BURMA BASIC EDUCATION STUDENTS' UNION ___________________________________________________ ABBESU Statement on the 28th ASEAN meeting in Brunei Date: July 25, 1995 Today, the world is moving towards a situation where countries can peacefully co-exist without one attempting to dominate others by force or manipulation. The peoples of the world also want to live under governments which show each other mutual respect and cooperation. But it is very difficult for governments to deal with another country when that country is ruled by a government which rules against the will of its own people. This is the difficult situation of Burma in Southeast Asia. We understand and support the basic principles of the ASEAN member countries to have amity, cooperation and co-existence among the countries of the region. And we assumes that the Asean policy of constructive engagement with Burma is intended to reflect these principles. But the SLORC is a military government which seized power by force in the military coup d'etat of September 18, 1988. It took power after suppressing a popular uprising and rules Burma against the will of the people which was clearly expressed in the general elections of May 1990. We therefore believe that it is inappropriate for the ASEAN countries to invite the SLORC to attend ASEAN meetings. Not only is the SLORC not an elected, it is also a government involved in civil war against its own ethnic people, and one which has broken its own cease-fire agreements with them and is engaged in attacking the Karen and Karenni people in Karen and Kayah states. We believe this situation should be clearly acknowledge by the ASEAN countries and they should make it clear they will not welcome Burma to ASEAN meetings until there is an elected civilian government in Burma. We appeal to the ASEAN member countries to urge the SLORC: -to unconditionally release all political prisoners including prominent student leader Min Ko Naing, -to cease human rights abuses against the people of Burma, -to start a tripartite dialogue immediately with democratic forces led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and leaders of ethnic groups, -to smoothly return the state power to the people by transferring power to the elected representatives of 1990 general election led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Central Committee ABBESU(Thailand)

A different case:

One case of detention beyond the period of sentencing is of particular concern to Amnesty International.  On 3 December 1993, 13 Burmese students were arrested in a Bangkok suburb while attending a seminar on non-violent action for change, arranged by three Thai organizations.  On 6 December, all 13 were convicted of "illegal immigration", and sentenced to the standard 40 days' imprisonment at the IDC or a fine of 2,800 baht.  However, the Thai authorities announced a week later that 10 of the students were to be sent to a Special Detention Centre (SDC) at Bangkhen in Bangkok, where the Police Training Academy is situated.  Seven of the students were released, but the remaining six were transferred to this SDC on 4 February 1994.  Four of these six students were UNHCR- registered "persons of concern" who had also been registered for the safe area camp.  The UNHCR was informed that three of the students were to be held for an extra month beyond their sentence for "illegal immigration" as punishment for breaching the rules for leave of absence from the safe area camp on more than two occasions.  A UNHCR doctor was allowed access to the students at the SDC once a week, but they were denied any other visitors or correspondence for a month.  The students went on hunger strike for five days to draw attention to their situation.  On 20 July 1994, seven and a half months after they were arrested, and six months after their 40-day sentence had been served, two of the UNHCR "persons of concern" left Thailand for Australia, having been in detention since 3 December.  A third student has been accepted for resettlement in Canada and is expected to leave soon.  However, the fourth UNHCR "person of concern" in the SDC has not been accepted for resettlement by any of the embassies approached and, with the two other students not registered with the UNHCR, is still detained in the SDC.  Amnesty International is calling on the Thai Government to allow these students, who have been held for five times the length of their sentence for "illegal immigration", to go to the safe area camp in Raatchaburii province, or to release them.   (Source: Amnesty International) (Original Page - Amnesty International)
  1. Maung Maung Than, Overseas National students Organization of Burma -ONSOB
  2. Nyi Nyi Soe, ONSOB
  3. Toe Kyi, All Burma Basic Education Students Union -- ABBESU
  4. Tin Taung Htoo, ABBESU,
  5. Nai Ong Hin Overseas Mon National Students Organization -- OMNSO
  6. Hla Win, ABBESU.


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