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Myanmar urged to launch former UK ambassador

Vicky Bowman(Picture: Institute for Human Rights and Enterprise)

A Christian organisation is urging Myanmar to launch the previous UK ambassador, Vicky Bowman and her husband. 

Bowman served because the UK ambassador to Myanmar from 2002 to 2006, and now runs the Myanmar Centre for Accountable Enterprise.

She was arrested alongside her husband, Htein Lin, on 24 August for allegedly breaking visa guidelines. Her husband, an artist and former political prisoner, has been accused of serving to her. 

They’re being held in Insein jail in Yangon and can stand trial on 6 September. 

If discovered responsible, they resist 5 years in jail. 

Benedict Rogers, senior analyst for East Asia at Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), stated that they had “clearly been focused as a part of the Myanmar military’s pervasive ongoing crackdown on anybody it perceives as a menace or a critic of the regime”.

During the last 18 months, the Myanmar army have led a brutal crackdown on dissidents, political leaders, pro-democracy activists and different opponents.

Rogers known as for the “fast and unconditional launch” of Bowman and Lin. 

“The truth that they will deal with a former ambassador on this method is little question an indicator of their egregious remedy of lesser-known activists and unusual residents of Myanmar,” he stated.

“The worldwide group should not flip a blind eye to this; the necessity for intensive and co-ordinated sanctions stays clear, as is the necessity for a sweeping world arms embargo towards the Myanmar army and its enterprises.”

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