Lwin Toe going on seventh day hunger strike in the prison
source :Arhara Burmese Library (Japan)
Japan Immigration Bureau detained two other refugee seekers
Japan Immigration Bureau detained Lwin Toe, a member of NLD (LA- Japan) and a holder of the Permit for Provisional Release as a political asylum when he went to Tokyo Immigration Bureau to put a sign for his monthly regular extension of the permit on September 10.
He has been practicing a hunger strike in the prison of Tokyo Immigration Bureau since when he was detained.While Lwin Toe is being on the third day hunger strike of his, two other refugee seekers were detained by JIB on September 12.
They are Ma Khin Mar Kyi, a member and DawAye Thant Kyu, a former member of NLD (LA-Japan). Their detentions are similar to Lwin Toe's, when they went to TIB to put their signs for monthly regular extension of the permit for provisional release.
Now the Japan Immigration Bureau has brought to detain 10 refugee claimers with no explanation or clear reason.
The previous seven detainees are Maw Thin, Soe Lwin, Toe Naing, Moe Kyaw, Maing Kyaw Oo, Win Kyaw, Wunna Shin from NLD (LA- Japan) and League for Democracy in Burma.
All democratic forces in Japan held an emergency meeting over the detained refugee seekers on September 12. They made a resolution to attempt to get the release of all detainees with the help of UNHCR, Japan Association for Refugee (JAR), Amnesty International (London) and etc
The democratic forces on Friday submitted an appeal letter through Burma Office (Japan) to the Ministry of Justice for reconsideration and recognition of refugee status of the detainees.
Nobody knows when and how the Ministry of Justice will rule the appeal but for the time being the hunger strike of Lwin Toe in the prison has covered to seventh day. The longer his hunger strike, the paler his skin and the weaker his body.
The striker, who is in a grey T shirt with the Noble Price winner Aung San Suu Kyi and her party NLD's flag designed on it, has been hanging a paper sheet over the neck, on which he has written three points that he wants to claim.
I need democracy and human rights of BurmaHis condition on Friday, the fifth day of hunger strike, is said that the body, the blood and flesh started to go down but his mind is still so strong. This week Saturday and Sunday are Japan official holidays during which no one can enter the detaining center so there cannot be known much else but that he has been on his hunger strike for the seventh day.
I need the release of all democratic activists
I against the Japan's ODA for Burma under the Junta
Nevertheless many activists and Burmese people in Japan and from other countries who hear of Lwin Toe begin to be concerned about his health in the course of time.
Lwin Toe was a fourth year psychology student from Yangon University of Burma and he fled to Thai-Myanmar border line before the military intelligence's capture to him due to his involvement in 1988 Democracy Cause.
He is a hunger. A hunger for democracy of his country. In fact, all Burmese people are hungers for democracy.