Skip to comments.Mr.Pinheiro message for U Win Tinís 75th Birthday
Posted on 03/11/2005 4:35:43 AM PST by ZayYa
Mr.Pinheiro, UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Burma sends his wish for U Win Tin who turns 75 on March 12.
To celebrate Win Tin's 75th Birthday on 12th March
Professor Paulo Sergio Pinheiro UN special envoy for human rights in Myanmar
On the seventy-fifth anniversary of Win Tin's birth, I would like to remember my two very moving and long interviews with Win Tin.
I have on many occasions mentioned my insistence that aged prisoners serving extremely long sentences should be freed on humanitarian reasons.
Win Tin did not want to discuss his personal condition but wanted to discuss the human rights situation and the conditions of other political prisoners.
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.
I was very moved when he explained to me how he had no access to paper or writing instruments. He had to write his poems in a makeshift ink created from the red powder from the bricks of his cell mixed with water, using a long thin piece of wood.
Prison is not a place where poets should be. A poet is like a big Zeppelin or airship that must have the world's skies to fly their poems.
Win Tin explained to me that I was the first UN representative to meet him since the UN envoy Alvaro De Soto met him almost ten years ago.
I last met him in November 2003.
I think that every effort needs to be made to secure the release of Win Tin. 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.
Paulo Pinheiro 10th March 2005
Wow, Rin Tin Tin lived to be 75? Who would have thunk it?
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