Statement on the Release of Kyaw Htay Oo and Sean Turnell from Myanmar

Governor Bill Richardson and the Richardson Center appreciate the release today of American Kyaw Htay Oo and Australian Sean Turnell, among others, from prison in Myanmar.

The Richardson Center has worked closely with the family of Kyaw Htay Oo — his sister Lin Lin and his brother-in-law David — as well as Sean Turnell’s wife, Ha Vu, in an effort to secure their release.

Welcoming their release, Governor Richardson said, “I am relieved that Kyaw Htay Oo and Sean Turnell will soon be reunited with their families, who have fought for this day for over a year.” Governor Richardson added: “Exactly one year ago I was able to bring American journalist Danny Fenster back from Myanmar, after meeting with Chairman of the State Administrative Council, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. I hope this decision presents an opportunity for further deescalation.”

Over the last twelve months, 14 families working with The Richardson Center have seen their loved ones come home. And while we celebrate these successes, we know that the work is far from done, as many other families await the opportunity to hug their loved ones. We will continue our efforts until they are all home.

The Richardson Center is a non-for-profit organization that negotiates for the release of American prisoners and hostages held in countries with strained diplomatic relations. We work on behalf of their families and at no cost to them. The Richardson Center is greatly appreciative of our partners and the many individuals who support and enable our work.