The Release of Phyoe Phyoe Aung

Phyoe Phyoe Aung pic
Phyoe Phyoe Aung
Image: amnesty.org

The president of the Ashber Corporation, Bruce Furst licenses music for use in film productions and negotiates various film rights/distribution agreements. Outside of the professional arena, Bruce Furst is an avid supporter of Amnesty International.

In addition to tackling a range of general human rights issues through a number of large international campaigns, Amnesty focuses on specific individuals who are at risk because of “who they are” or “what they believe.” One such case was the unjust imprisonment of student leader Phyoe Phyoe Aung.

Ms. Aung faced an interminable amount of time in prison for her role in organizing and leading a series of peaceful marches in Myanmar. Culminating in a March 2015 clash with police, these marches protested a new federal law in that placed significant limitations on academic freedom.

Arrested in this clash, Ms. Aung was ultimately detained by the Myanmar government for more than a year. She was quickly declared a prisoner of conscience by states and organizations around the world. As part of its global letter-writing marathon Write for Rights, Amnesty International generated approximately 394,000 letters, emails, tweets and other forms of correspondence in support of Ms. Aung. A Myanmar court dropped all charges against Ms. Aung in April 2016.

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