domingo, 17 de mayo de 2009



Student activist

Born: 1961?
Organization: 88 Generation Students
Prison: Kengtung (Shan State)

• On 15 March 1988, Ko Ko Gyi, a student in his final year at Rangoon University, led a peaceful strike at the university campus with many fellow student leaders.

• He became actively involved in the 8-8-88 uprising. On 28 August 1988 he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU).

• On 11 December 1991, the regime arrested him for participating in a student gathering at Rangoon University to honor the Nobel peace prize awarded to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail with hard labor and detained in the Insein prison. On 17 March 2005, he was released from prison.

• On 27 September 2006, the regime detained him and other student activists. He was charged under Article 5(j) of the Emergency Provision Act at Rangoon’s Bahan Township court. He was released on 11 January 2007.

• On 21 August 2007, SPDC authorities arrested him and other student activists for their involvement in the anti-junta demonstrations sparked by the SPDC’s fuel price hike on 15 August. He was detained in Insein prison.

• The SPDC charged him under Law 5/96. The regime has used Law 5/96, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years’ jail, to imprison activists who criticize the constitution-drafting process.

• On 29 October 2008, he was sentenced to six months in prison for contempt of court.

• On 31 October 2008, he was transferred from Insein prison to Maubin prison in Irrawaddy Division.

• On 11 November 2008, he was sentenced to 65 more years in prison and subsequently transferred from Maubin prison to Kengtung prison in Shan State.

• He suffers from gastro-intestinal problems.