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11 March - UN appeal for Win Tin’s release

The UN special rapporteur for human rights in Burma, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, today appealed for the release of all elderly people imprisoned in Burma, referring to Win Tin in particular.

"Even if we demand the release of all political prisoners, it is also important to plead for individual cases, especially Win Tin and other political prisoners who are old or ill," Pinheiro said.

"Despite all the terrible constraints of prison, I must say that I found him very well informed and extremely lucid. He was very strong and remained committed to the cause of democracy, freedom of speech and the respect of human rights," he added. Pinheiro visited Win Tin in prison in November 2003 and recently asked to see him again, but the Burmese authorities refused.