Asia Times:Moral authority in Myanmar(Interview with U Win Tin)

By Charles McDermid

HUA HIN, Thailand – When pro-democracy stalwart U Win Tin was unexpectedly freed after 19 years in Yangon’s Insein Prison in September 2008, he was then Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner. Just hours after his release, he was still wearing his blue prison overalls and had already resumed speaking out against the military run government.

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Irrawaddy:Win Tin Denies NLD Divided Over 2010 Election


Win Tin, a leading member of Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), denied claims that he had said the party was divided over whether it would take part in an election slated for 2010.

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Irrawaddy:Win Tin Congratulates Obama, Calls for Regime Change in Burma


Prominent Burmese opposition leader Win Tin on Monday congratulated the citizens of the United States for electing Barack Obama as president. At the same time, he said that Burma too was in need of “regime change.”

Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Monday, the National League for Democracy (NLD) executive member said, “I would first like to congratulate the American people and president-elect Barack Obama.”

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Suu Kyi’s party marks anniversary

 Police in Myanmar are keeping a close watch on the headquarters of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) as the party marks its 20th anniversary.

A number of recently released political prisoners, including Win Tin, Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner, were among the 350 people attending Saturday’s ceremony.

Those attending the ceremony were videotaped and watched by at least 50 plainclothes security personnel.

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U Win Tin says he was ‘evicted, not released’

Sep 24, 2008 (DVB)Long-term political prisoner U Win Tin has said he argued with prison authorities against his release, in an interview conducted shortly after he was freed yesterday.

U Win Tin, a veteran journalist and National League for Democracy member, was among 9002 people released yesterday as part of a government amnesty.

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U Win Tin and Friends (VOA Burmese)

Press for Release of Political Prisoners, Say Activists


Friday,August 1,2008

The new UN human rights rapporteur for Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, should visit political prisoners and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and forcefully press for their release during his first visit to Burma next week, say human rights activists. 

The new UN human rights rapporteur is scheduled to visit Burma from August 3 to 7 discuss human rights issues with the Burmese military government. 

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U Win Tin receives treatment for bronchitis

Jul 14, 2008 (DVB)–Veteran journalist and long-term political prisoner U Win Tin has received medical attention in Insein prison, where he has been detained for past 19 years, according to a regular visitor.

U Win Tin’s close friend U Maung Maung Khin, who has been visiting the 79-year-old journalist every two weeks, said he had been diagnosed with bronchitis when he was admitted to Rangoon general hospital recently.

U Maung Maung Khin said U Win Tin is now feeling better after taking the medication prescribed by prison doctors for his condition.

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U Win Tin marks 19 years in prison

Jul 7, 2008 (DVB)–Supporters of U Win Tin have called for his release from prison as the veteran journalist and National League for Democracy member marked 19 years behind bars on 4 July.

Ludu Sein Win, a close friend and colleague of U Win Tin, paid tribute to his friend’s integrity and commitment.

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U Win Tin’s health deteriorates in prison

Jun 30, 2008 (DVB)–Two press freedom groups have today called for the release of veteran journalist and National League for Democracy member U Win Tin, whose health has deteriorated in the past few days.

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association issued a statement calling for the release of the veteran journalist, who has spent almost 19 years in detention.

“It will be exactly 19 years on 4 July since Burma’s military arrested Win Tin,” the groups’ statement said.

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