Myanmar activist jailed for copper mine protest
YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar has jailed an activist for two years in connection with protests over a controversial mine project, her lawyer said on Friday, despite the regime's pledge to free all political prisoners.
Naw Ohn Hla, 49, was convicted on Thursday for public order offences in the town of Monywa, where the Chinese-backed Letpadaung mine has triggered fierce opposition from local villagers.
The activist, who has been arrested a number of times in the past for her activities, was detained on Aug 13 after her request to stage a protest was denied, her lawyer Robert San Aung told AFP.
Rights campaigners have expressed concern at the continuing arrest of activists opposed to the mine in recent months, despite a pledge by reformist President Thein Sein to free all political detainees by the end of this year.