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Actions: No Political Prisoner Left Behind
Free La Ring
An ethnic Kachin farmer, La Ring, was arrested in June 2012, and tortured brutally by the military-backed government in Burma. He was charged under Article 17/1 of the Unlawful Association Act. After being detained for more than a year, he was sentenced to 2 years in jail on 15th November 2013.
La Ring is a 29-year-old ethnic Kachin farmer. In December 2011, he moved to a refugee camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) to flee from conflicts area in Northern Burma. He requested permission from a camp supervisor to work as a herdsman outside the camp in order to earn some income. He worked as a herdsman together with other people from the same camp. On 5th June 2012, while they were having a lunch break from work, they were taken by the Burmese Army 37th battalion for questioning.
His hands were tied behind his back and he was asked to follow the Lieutenant from the 37th battalion. He was not given any explanation for his arrest but during interrogation, he was accused of being a soldier from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and carrying out bombing operations near Myitkyina. The KIA is the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organisation, which works for democracy and more autonomy for the Kachin people.
He was brutally tortured and forced to make a false confession about his connections with the KIA and different bombings in the area. During interrogation, he was repeatedly kicked, beaten, and a wooden stick was put on his shin while two soldiers stepped on each sides.
He was charged under Article 17/1 of the Unlawful Association Act and he was detained for more than a year. On 15th November 2013, he was sentenced to 2 years in jail. At his trial, La Ring said he is just a refugee and he had never worked with the KIA.
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