Naw Ohn Hla, a leading Burmese human rights activist, was arrested last month along with nine other women after staging a protest of the Letpadaung copper mine without permission. She went to trial for disturbing public tranquility on August 29, without counsel as her lawyer was unavailable that day, and was sentenced to two years’ prison time with hard labor. “It is highly questionable,” her lawyer has said, “whether this procedure represents a fair trial.” Since 2004, Naw Ohn Hla has held a Tuesday prayer group to pray for the release of political prisoners. Global human rights activists are now calling on Burma for her release.
After organizing an unauthorized protest, Naw Ohn Hla has been sentenced to two years of hard labor.