Photo by Aung Khant of the Myanmar Times (

Congress should pass the Burma Political Prisoners Assistance Act

By Mariah Philips, AIUSA Asia Advocacy Fellow

Aung Ko Htwe was only 13 years old when he was abducted and forced to serve in the Myanmar military. Two years later, he tried to escape. When a motorcyclist was killed in the attempt, Aung Ko Htwe was convicted of murder — a charge he denies — and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life…