Statement on the conviction of Lum Zawng, Nang Pu and Zau Jat
December 9, 2018
We are very troubled by yesterday’s verdict in Myitkyina, convicting Lum Zawng, Nang Pu and Zau Jat of defamation and sentencing them to 6 months in prison as well as a fine. These civil society activists have been working for peaceful solutions and an end to the fighting in Kachin State, as well as promoting humanitarian assistance for victims of the conflict. In a democracy, this is the kind of activity that should be praised, not prosecuted. We urge officials to reconsider this decision.