Myanmar Teen Imprisoned for Donating $7 to Resistance

Local sources from a village in Myanmar said that a 19-year-old female was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor on Monday at Dawei Prison court in the Tanintharyi region for allegedly donating money to an armed resistance force.

According to reports, Saung Hnin Phyu was arrested at her home on August 22 last year for violating two sections of a Counterterrorism Law, which carries a maximum life sentence and up to seven years in prison.

Independent media Myanmar Now said there was no official information regarding the plaintiff, the prosecutor, or the judge in the case. 

Myanmar Now also reported that a former political prisoner who met Saung Hnin Phyu behind bars in Dawei claimed that she had donated around US$7.60 to an anti-junta resistance force through the mobile app KBZPay.

According to the former prisoner, Saung Hnin Phyu has a heart condition and suffers from pain in one arm. 

Myanmar Now said it was unable to verify the details behind the alleged funding, the reasons for Saung Hnin Phyu’s arrest, or her current condition in Dawei Prison. 

Previously, two university students from Dawei were also sentenced to seven years in prison with hard labor for allegedly donating less than $3 to a fund for internally displaced people. 

The Dawei Prisoners Network said that Dawei’s prison court had handed jail sentences to 175 men and 38 women since the coup in February last year.

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