Education in hiding: Burma's imprisoned student leaders

After more than seven months in hiding, student leader Kyaw Ko Ko was arrested by plain-clothes police in Burma on 29 October 2015.

After more than seven months in hiding, student leader Kyaw Ko Ko was arrested by plain-clothes police in Burma on 29 October 2015.

Kyaw Ko Ko is a human rights defender and chairperson of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), which is protesting against the National Education Bill. Student activists claim the bill restricts academic freedom. The new restrictions outlaw independent student and teacher unions, and erase ethnic languages, cultures and literatures from university syllabi.

For peacefully rejecting the bill, Kyaw Ko Ko was forced into hiding, arrested last month, and is now facing charges of unlawful assembly, rioting, incitement, and causing harm to a public servant. Along with another 70 student rights defenders, he is now detained in Insein prison and risks up to three years in prison if found guilty.