On 77th bithday, imprisoned Burmese journalist U Win Tin demands his right to be free

uwintin2.jpgBurmese journalist U Win Tin, imprisoned for almost 18 years by the military junta, marked his 77th birthday on 12 March 2007 by issuing a rare call for resistance against the regime.

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association said: “The inhumanity of this military junta, which has imprisoned a sick, 77-year-old man for nearly 18 years, needs no further proof…”

“I am not going to beg you to free me. It is my right to be freed because I have served 18 years of my 20-year sentence and I qualify for early release,” U Win Tin reportedly said to the director general of the prison service when the latter visited on 8 March.

See the full RSF report here.

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