Letter from the Chairperson of MNHRC to the Chairperson of NHRI Thailand with regards to the case of two Myanmar workers sentenced to death for murder

To

The Chairperson

National Human Rights Commission of Thailand

Bangkok.

Date: 28 December 2015

Dear Chairperson,

  1. It has been learnt that on 24 December 2015, Kos Moi District Court of Thailand passed the death sentence on two Myanmar workers, Maung Zaw Lin and Maung Win Zaw Htun for the murder of British citizens Mr.David Miller and Ms.Hannah Witheridge and seven other criminal offences in Koh Tao Island, Thailand.
  1. There have been news circulating that with regard to the case of Maung Zaw Lin and Maung Win Zaw Htun, there were no concrete evidence, that the forensic medical examination yielded no substantial results, that there were no eye witnesses and that torture had been inflicted by the police during the interrogation.
  1. Under these circumstances, the Kos Moi District Court passed the death sentence on Maung Zaw Lin and Maung Win Zaw Tun resulting in public demonstrations in Yangon and other cities in Myanmar calling for a fair verdict in the case and the release of the two. Some political parties and civil society organizations also issued statements reflecting their views and asking for their release. It was also learnt that Myanmar authorities have requested the Thai authorities for a fair judgment in this matter.
  1. As it is learnt that an appeal would be filed, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission would earnestly like to request the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand to give its utmost cooperation during the appeal process to see that the two Myanmar workers are accorded the rights they are entitled to; that fair and equal justice be meted out to them by the Thai Court; that they are accorded equal protection of the law without any discrimination and the enjoyment of the right to life.

   Sincerely,

   ( Win Mra )

     Chairman