When social worker Patrick Kum Jaa Lee is led into a Rangoon courtroom today, he will have been in detention for more than three months, facing defamation charges under section 66(d) of Burma’s Telecommunications Law. His crime? Nothing more than an alleged Facebook post in October, mocking Burma’s military. The court has already rejected numerous attempts to secure him bail for health reasons even though he is suffering from asthma, hypertension, and other ailments, all exacerbated by his incarceration.
January 14, 2016