Biography of Ko Htay Kywe:
• Born on
• Third son with the siblings of Ko Aung Kyaw Oo, Ko Win kywe, and Ma Mi Mi Kywe.
• Completed matriculation exams in 1985.
• A second year student in 1988.
• A pioneer of the 1988 nationwide pro-democracy uprising and active organizer during the 1988 protests and a spokesperson for his fellow students.
• Co-founded student groups and later served as a catalyst for the country wide demonstrations against the military junta.
► March 22, 1988: He was arrested in Henzada city along with his older brother, Win Kywe, also a student leader and former political prisoner now deceased. They were detained at Insein jail.
► July 28, 1988: He co-founded the All
committee, he acted as the key figure in opposing military rule. He was also at the forefront in the forming of the shadow government.
► September 18, 1988: The military staged a coup and the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC)came into power. General Khin Nyunt was Secretary -1 of the SLORC at this time.
► November 28, 1988: General Khin Nyunt extended an invitation to the student representatives to meet. Htay Kywe participated as a member of the student representatives at this meeting. After forming the All
► 1989 & 1990: In the 1989 people’s protests as well as in the 1990 elections for a free and fair election process; and in the ongoing struggle for democracy, Htay Kywe was a proponent of these issues.
► July 15, 1991: Htay Kywe was arrested by the military government, from his home in
► December 30, 1991: He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
► May 26, 1999: Although on this date Htay Kywe’s prison term expired, the military regime continued to hold him under 10(a) of the State Protection Act 1975, at the Tharawaddy prison. While he was in the prison, he had stomach surgery in serious
condition as he had more than 100 stitches internal and external wounds. He was then released from Tharawaddy prison in October 2004.
► September 6, 2005: Htay Kywe is one of the co-founders of 88 Generation Students Group which is the leading student’s organization in Burma, calling Burmese regime to work toward political reconciliation with National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi.
► September 27, 2006: Htay Kywe, along with other students’ leaders, Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi, was taken from his residence by military officials until on
► Aug 21 – October 12, 2007: After the crackdown of 88 Generation Students Group’s leaders on
move forward to the peaceful process of national reconciliation for the sake of future
United Nations to intervene the national reconciliation process. With the involvement of Buddhist monks taking on the street after the brutal crackdown of monks who are sharing the loving kindness and chanting the prayers for peace and freedom in the central part of Burma known as Pakkoku and SPDC authorities ignore the demands from the monks including to apologize for their wrongful acts or else they would strike for the boycott to the SPDC members as ex-communication to the Buddhism. Ko Htay Kywe worked together with monks and became one of the leaders for Supervising Committee for General Strike that was formed with nine leading pro-democracy organizations on September 27, 2007. Until his arrest, he continued to request the military regime for the peaceful resolution of
► October 13, 2007: He was arrested with 5 others at a hide-out. Five others are: Aung Thu (43-year-old; 9-year-old daughter; Thin Thin Aye (a) Mee Mee (35-yearold; two children – 16-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son; Zaw Htet Ko Ko (has
wife and one-year-old baby); Hein Htet (a) Aung Gyi (40-year-old; three children); and the house owner whose name unknown.)