Friday, August 2, 2013

U Win Tin

Win Tin was born on March 12 , 1929 and he is a politician and former political prisoner in Myanmar . Arrested in July 1989 because of his senior position in the National League for Democracy ( NLD ) and for his writings , he spent 19 years in prison. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, modern history and political science at the Yangon University in 1953 .

Win Tin was serving a 20 year sentence on charges including " anti-government propaganda ." One of the reasons for his detention is his attempt to inform the United Nations of ongoing human rights violations in Burmese prisons . At 81 years of age , he is in a poor state of health, exacerbated by his treatment in prison, which has included torture, inadequate access to medical treatment , being held in a cell designed for military dogs , without bedding , and being deprived of food and water for long periods of time .

Since the start of 2006 he had not been able to receive visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) . In 2001 , Win Tin was awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for his efforts to defend and promote and right to freedom of expression . That year, he was also awarded the World Association of Newspapers' Golden Pen of Freedom Award . He was freed on 23 September 2008 , after serving 19 years imprisonment . After his release from prison Win Tin made efforts to reorganise the NLD . He relaunched the weekly meetings of the party's Central Executive Committee which had been irregularly held since 2003 . He also resumed a regular roundtable called " Youth and Future " which Aung San Suu Kyi has participated in the past . Win Tin visited family members of political prisoners to offer moral support .

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