U Win Tin

Win TinU Win Tin with Sayadaw U Wirathu

U Win Tin, born March 12, 1929) is a politician and former political prisoner in Burma.  Also, He is a writer.   His parents are  U Pu and Daw Mar.

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 Rangoon 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.

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.
He was admitted to a private hospital on 12 March 2014 for respiratory problems and hip pain before being moved to the Yangon General Hospital.  He died of multiorgan failure on 21 April 2014.  He wished to be cremated immediately after his death. His body was cremated at Yayway Cemetery in Yangon’s North Okkalapa Township in the evening of April 23.



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