Thinzar Wint Kyaw and Nang Mwe San.

Two models arrested for posting videos of "revealing sexual content"


The Burmese board has opened a “legal case” against models Thinzar Wint Kyaw and Nang Mwe San

Thinzar Wint Kyaw and Nang Mwe San.Facebook

Two prominent models have been arrested and face criminal charges in Burma for allegedly posting videos with “sexually revealing content” on social media and “damage the culture” of the countryas announced by the military junta.

In a statement released by state media late Friday, the board said a “legal case” had been opened against models Thinzar Wint Kyaw and Nang Mwe San for allegedly pay for and distribute on the Internet photos and videos of “sexual orientation” that “harm the culture of Burma”.

The women, both 34 years old and with hundreds of thousands of followers on the networks, have been accused of violating Section 33a of the Electronic Transactions Act 2004according to the statement.

Said law prohibits all actions that are “detrimental to the security of the State or the validity of law and order or the peace and tranquility of the community, as well as national solidarity, the national economy or national culture.”

If found guilty, the women they face a prison sentence of between seven and fifteen years.

The military junta, in power since the 2021 coup, did not specify when the models were arrested, but noted that the arrests occurred in an operation that is still “ongoing” and that seeks to take legal action against other people who allegedly have threatened the “dignity of the women of Burma”.

The military coup of February 1, 2021, which overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, now imprisoned, plunged the country into a deep political, economic and social crisis, where clashes between the forces of the junta and opponents are frequent. , as well as persecution and repression by the military.

The increase in tension became evident in the last days, after the execution of four opponents of the regimeincluding former National League for Democracy MP Phyo Zeya Thaw and activist Ko Jimmy, and the arrest of Japanese filmmaker Toru Kubota, arrested while filming protests against the junta in the city of Yangon.

According to the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners, 2,138 people have died from the repression of the authorities, while almost 15,000 people have been arbitrarily arrested in Burma since then.


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