Burma Eats Its Young

By : George Packer

In a just world, the names Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi would be as well known as Steve Biko and Adam Michnik. These two leaders of Burma’s 88 Generation students, now in their forties, have spent almost their entire adult lives in prison for organizing pro-democracy demonstrations. After a short period of freedom, between 2005 and 2007, they and their colleagues were jailed again for staging a long walk around Rangoon, in August of 2007, in protest of soaring transportation prices—a gesture that sparked the so-called Saffron Revolution, the largest demonstrations in Burma since 1988, both times put down in blood.

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MIZZIMA:Min Ko Naing & ’88 generation students’ given 65 years

by Phanida

Chiang Mai – Prominent student leader Min Ko Naing and eight of his ’88 generation student’ colleagues have been sentenced to 65 years of imprisonment by a special court in Maupin prison in Burma’s Irrawaddy Division, friends and family members said.

The former student leaders – Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Hla Myo Naung, Htay Kywe, Mya Aye, Nyan Linn, Phyone Cho (a.k.a) Htay Win, Aung Thu and Aung Naing – were sentenced on November 11th during a closed door trial in the Maupin prison court, a relative of the students told Mizzima.

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Min Ko Naing Defiant at Hearing: Lawyer


Friday,September 12,2008

A lawyer for Min Ko Naing, a leading figure from Burma’s nationwide pro-democracy uprising in 1988, said that the detained activist was defiant when he appeared in court at Rangoon’s Insein Prison on Tuesday.

“You can sentence us to a thousand years in prison for our political activities, but we will continue to defend ourselves in accordance with the law. Nobody can hide from justice,” the lawyer quoted Min Ko Naing as saying to the presiding judge.

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DVB:88 Student leaders appear in court

Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)–Min Ko Naing, Ko Mya Aye and other 88 generation student leaders appeared yesterday for the first time at a court hearing at Insein prison’s special court where they have been charged with several offences.

Central court lawyer U Aung Thein and two other lawyers, U Kyi Win and U Nyaung, will act as defence lawyers for the student leaders, but have not yet been able to meet their clients.

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Irrawaddy;Gambari has Big Agenda during Visit


Tuesday,August 19,2008

Burmese dissidents called for UN Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari to call for tripartite talks with opposition groups, the release of political prisoners and to deliver frank accounts of his meetings with opposition groups and Burmese officials

Bo Kyi, the joint secretary of the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), said, “He [Gambari] must do what he should do. After meeting with Burmese officials and the opposition, he should give frank accounts to the public.” 

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Twenty years on, Burma’s opposition lacks unity

WHILE the whole world is busy watching the Beijing Olympics, many Burmese are preparing for the 20th anniversary of the August 8, 1988 uprising, or “8888”. But the question now is how many Burmese can seriously review this journey of 20 years and the goals of the democracy movement? There is no sign of any big ceremony inside the country as all key members of the 88 Generation Student Group, including Min Ko Naing, are in jail.

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Press for Release of Political Prisoners, Say Activists


Friday,August 1,2008

The new UN human rights rapporteur for Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, should visit political prisoners and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and forcefully press for their release during his first visit to Burma next week, say human rights activists. 

The new UN human rights rapporteur is scheduled to visit Burma from August 3 to 7 discuss human rights issues with the Burmese military government. 

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Prominent Dissident Hit with New Charges


Thursday,July 10,2008

A prominent detained student activist and other political prisoners have been hit with new charges designed to prolong their detention, according to family members.

“We have learned, after a visit this week to Insein Prison, that Ko Ko Gyi, who was previously charged with Act 33 A, has been charged with 17/1 [the Illegal Organization Act],” said Aung Tun, his brother.

Ko Ko Gyi, a leader of the 88 Generation Students group, has been held in Insein Prison since 2007.

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Min Ko Naing still denied medical treatment

Jun 25, 2008 (DVB)–The health of prominent 88 Generation Student leader Min Ko Naing is suffering in prison due to the authorities’ refusal to grant him proper medical access, a fellow prisoner’s relative said. 

The student leader has been held in the notorious Insein prison since August 2007. He asked prison authorities for an emergency medical treatment two weeks ago because his health had deteriorated, but his request has still not been granted.


A family member of a political prisoner who visited the prison on Monday told DVB that Min Ko Naing’s family was worried about him.

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88 Generation Burmese Activists – 8888 – 19 Years – Part 4(in Burmese)

88 Generation Burmese Activists – 8888 – 19 Years – Part 3

88 Generation Burmese Activists – 8888 – 19 Years – Part 2

88 Generation Burmese Activists – 8888 – 19 Years(Part I)

8888 Recall(Part I)